Germany's CDU comments on Zelensky's win in first round of Ukraine election
The Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) faction in Germany's Bundestag has commented on the victory of showman Volodymyr Zelensky in the first round of the Ukraine presidential election.
"Over the next three weeks before the [runoff] vote, Zelensky must specify what he stands for and which team of politicians will support him. Ukraine cannot afford to rely on inexperienced leadership in the conflict with Russia and in its difficult economic and social situation," Chairman of the CDU/CSU faction Johann David Wadephul said in a statement.
According to Wadephul, this will only play into the hands of Moscow "and encourage it to intensify its destabilization policies toward Ukraine."
"Zelensky must also clarify how he wants to achieve his goal – to deprive oligarchs of power, given that oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky largely supported his election campaign," the German politician said.
Wadephul also believes that a high share of votes cast for Zelensky is an indicator of a decrease in public confidence in political elites and disappointment about the reform process carried out by President Petro Poroshenko.
"Most of the population also hopes that Zelensky will decisively fight against corruption and the influence of oligarchs," he added.
The CDU/CSU also recalled Yulia Tymoshenko.
"Yulia Tymoshenko's new failure indicates that voters don't trust her incomprehensible domestic and foreign policy. First of all, she failed to convince voters of the benefits of her costly, but hardly financially feasible, election promises that would only worsen Ukraine's development," Wadephul said.