Ukraine's Unpredictable Presidential Elections

Members event Recording
30 April 2019 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

On 21 April, Ukrainians headed to the polls to elect a new president in a second round of elections. Out of a record 39 candidates, the election came down to a two-horse race between incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and eventual winner, the comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy - an anti-establishment political novice who plays a fictional president in a popular TV series.

A week on from the elections, the panellists analyse the results, what insights they provide about voter sentiment in the country and how they will impact relations between Ukraine, Russia and the EU moving forward.

How willing and able will the new president be to tackle corruption and pass the sweeping economic reforms expected by voters? At what pace is the new government likely to pursue European integration and membership of NATO, if at all?

And how will the winning candidate approach the deadlocked conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country?


Mary O’Hagan, Resident Senior Director, National Democratic Institute, Kyiv
Taras Shevchenko, Founder and Executive Director, Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law
Chair: Neil Buckley, Chief Leader Writer, Financial Times

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