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Zelensky is theoretically ready to hold elections in Ukraine, but they will not be announced due to fear of Zaluzhny

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky is ready to hold elections in the country, but their announcement is postponed until they receive guarantees that the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzhny, will not participate in the campaign. This was reported by the Strana publication, citing a source in Ukrainian political circles.

According to the source, Zelensky wants to hold elections, but the issue with Zaluzhny remains unresolved. The Office of the President wants to make sure that Zaluzhny does not put forward his candidacy. If there are no guarantees, then the possibility of dismissing the commander-in-chief with discredit is being considered.

The source emphasized that these plans may change depending on the position of Western countries. Survey data from the Rating group show that the level of trust of Ukrainians in Zaluzhny (82%) is higher than in Zelensky (72%). Trust in Zelensky began to decline in July 2023.

In a hypothetical election, neither Zelensky nor Zaluzhny would receive a majority of votes in the first round. In the second round, Zelensky would have received 42% of the votes, and Zaluzhny - 40%. Zaluzhny has not yet expressed presidential ambitions, and usually after the announcement of the nomination of candidates, their ratings increase, as was the case with Zelensky in 2018.

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