Zelensky says there will be primaries pending Kyiv mayor elections / Photo from UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced primaries will be held by the ruling party, Servant of the People, before the mayoral elections in Kyiv, and he will support the party's nominee.

"As for the primaries. In Kyiv, I will support a candidate for the mayor of Kyiv who will be nominated by the Servant of the People Party. Will the primaries be held? Yes, they will! Will only members of the Servant of the People Party be competing during the primaries? There will certainly be candidates from the Servant of the People, that is, those who are members of the Servant of the People, and there will be independent people who are ready to fight at open primaries at a meeting of our Servant of the People faction," he said at a press conference in Kyiv on May 20.

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"I'll support the best one," he added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, President Zelensky on May 20 gave a press conference in Kyiv to mark his one-year anniversary in office.

The incumbent mayor, Vitaliy Klitschko, assumed his office in June 2014.