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Blinken Defends Ukraine's Decision to Postpone Elections: Secretary of State's Visit and Election Controversy

Blinken Defends Ukraine's Decision to Postpone Elections: Secretary of State's Visit and Election Controversy

Blinken Defends Ukraine's Decision to Postpone Elections

Unscheduled Visit to Ukraine by Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unexpected visit to Ukraine on Tuesday. During his visit, he gave a speech in which he defended President Volodymyr Zelensky's decision to delay elections.

Postponement of Presidential and Parliamentary Elections

The presidential elections, which were supposed to take place in March, did not happen. As a result, Zelensky will continue to hold office after his term ends on May 20. Additionally, the parliamentary elections that were supposed to occur last year in October were also postponed. Blinken spent Tuesday evening performing at a bar in Kyiv.

Justification for Election Postponement

Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials have defended their decision by referring to Ukraine's constitution, which does not allow elections during martial law. Martial law was initially declared when Russia invaded and has been extended since then. However, Zelensky indicated at one point that he had the option to hold a vote if he chose to.

Conditions for Holding Elections

Zelensky stated last year that he could hold elections if the US and other Western countries funded them and if Ukrainian legislators agreed to amend the constitution. Despite this, he later dismissed the idea and there has been no pressure from Ukraine's Western supporters to hold a vote, even though they claim that the proxy war is a fight for democracy. In a speech at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Blinken stated that the US and Europe have been assisting Ukraine in establishing "democratic pillars," including "free and fair elections." However, he said that a vote can only take place when the "conditions" are appropriate.

Support for Ukraine's Election Infrastructure

Blinken stated, "That’s why we’re working with the government and civil society groups to shore up Ukraine’s election infrastructure. That way, as soon as Ukrainians agree that conditions allow, all Ukrainians – all Ukrainians, including those displaced by Russia’s aggression – can exercise their right to vote. People in Ukraine and around the world can have confidence that the voting process is free, fair, secure."

Gen. Valery Zaluzhny as Potential Presidential Candidate

Gen. Valery Zaluzhny, Ukraine’s former commander-in-chief who was recently appointed ambassador to the UK, has long been rumored to be a potential presidential candidate in a future election, although he hasn’t announced his intention to run. Earlier this year, a poll in Ukraine found Zelensky would lose to Zaluzhny in a presidential election. The poll found that 41% favored Zaluzhny in a first-round election, while only 23.7% would vote for Zelensky.

Thoughts on the Matter

The decision to postpone elections in Ukraine raises significant questions about the state of democracy in the country. While the Ukrainian constitution prohibits elections during martial law, the indefinite suspension of elections could potentially undermine the democratic process. What are your thoughts on this matter? Do you agree with the decision to postpone the elections, or do you believe that they should have proceeded as scheduled? Share your thoughts and this article with your friends. Don't forget to sign up for the Daily Briefing, which is delivered every day at 6pm.

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