Zelenskyy's presidency legitimate until next president — Justice Ministry

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will not lose his legitimacy after May 21, 2024, and his authority extends until the election of the next president, Ukraine's Justice Minister, Denys Malyuska, said in an interview with the BBC on May 10.

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Many provisions in the Constitution are formulated in a way that leaves room for criticism, Malyuska said.

"Therefore, we should expect a lot of noise and outcry, we should brace ourselves for considerable uproar, especially considering that the Constitution's authors had little belief in the plausibility of Ukraine being embroiled in a full-scale war and handled the relevant constitutional provisions somewhat clumsily," he said.

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All provisions of the Constitution related to wartime are formulated "imperfectly," which provides grounds for various conspiracy theories, said Malyuska.

The five-year term of Zelenskyy's Presidential tenure will expire on May 20. The Constitution says that the President should hold his office before the newly elected one does it.

The Kyiv International Institute of Sociology released a study in February showing that as of February 2024, the majority of Ukrainians, 69%, believe that Zelenskyy should continue his duties until the conclusion of martial law.

Political scientist Oleksiy Koshel told Radio NV on April 30 that Ukrainians should prepare for another Russian Psyop (psychological operation) based on the narrative that Volodymyr Zelenskyy is no longer a legitimate president as his term expires in May.

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While the Constitution clearly allows for an indefinite wartime extension, Russia will attempt to portray this as a vulnerability.

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