Ukraine's coalition collapses in blow to president-elect
Ukrainian comedian and president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy answers media questions in front of the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Oleksii Chumachenko)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, May 17, 2019 5:46AM EDT
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's ruling parliamentary coalition has collapsed in what represents a setback for the country's president-elect's plans to hold early elections.
The speaker in the Supreme Rada said Friday that he has received a notification from lawmakers about the breakdown of the coalition, which was made up of various parties including lawmakers from defeated President Petro Poroshenko's party.
In last month's election, President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed to disband the parliament, claiming that it does not represent the interests of the people.
Dissolving the parliament is necessary for holding a snap election. However, under Ukrainian law, the president cannot do so if there is no governing coalition.
Zelenskiy is to be sworn in as president on Monday.