New Ukraine president picks top reformist, men with oligarch ties
03 Jun 2019

Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has appointed a mix of people to his core team, which includes a reformist former finance minister, men with ties to a controversial oligarch and people from his TV production company.

Zelenskiy was an actor and comedian who entered the presidential race as a political novice. He defeated then- incumbent Petro Poroshenko by a landslide in April but has faced scrutiny over his ties to businessman Ihor Kolomoisky.

Investors see how Zelenskiy handles his relationship with Kolomoisky as a test for his presidency and appetite for reform.

Kolomoisky has fought a running legal battle with the authorities to overturn the nationalization of PrivatBank, Ukraine’s largest lender, which he owned until 2016.

Following are some of Zelenskiy’s appointments since his inauguration on May 20. Some are yet to be decided.

By Matthias Williams and Pavel Polityuk, Reuters, 31 May 2019

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Photo: Адміністрація Президента України [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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