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Zelenskyy's preferred inauguration date falls on mourning day

19 May is Day of Mourning for Victims of Political Represssion.

Zelenskyy's preferred inauguration date falls on mourning day
Volodymyr Zelenskyy
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President-elect Voldymyr Zelenskyy's preferred inauguration date – 19 May – is Day of Mourning for Victims of Political Repression, the head of the Institute of National Memory, Volodymyr Vyatrovych, has recalled on Facebook.

"Proposals are being made to hold the president's inauguration on 19 May. The date is extremely inappropriate because it is Day of Mourning for Victims of Political Represssion set by the president's decree in 2007. So this is a mourning day when mourning events are held all over Ukraine and entertaining events and TV programming are restricted," he said.

Earlier on 4 May, Zelenskyy met parliamentary faction representatives to discuss the date of his inauguration.

Zelenskyy wants to be sworn in on 19 May but some MPs insisted on 28 May because the deadline for dissolving parliament expires a day earlier.

Parliament plans to schedule the inauguration during its next plenary session starting on 14 May.

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