Zelensky Changes His Key Manager: What Does This Mean?
On February 11 President Zelensky dismissed the head of the presidential office, Andriy Bohdan, and replaced him with Andriy Yermak, his former aide. UkraineWorld asked Ukrainian reporters and political analysts what all of this means.
Dr. Oleksiy Haran, Professor at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and Research Director, Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation:
Bohdan has already played his role. Zelensky needed him at the initial stage of his rule because he had no team. Bohdan served as a battering ram for Zelensky. He helped the President to implement some legally grey decisions such as the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada and facilitated the way in which the new convocation of the Rada worked in “turbo regime.” Now Zelensky’s team has been formed. It is structured, and key people in it – Yermak, Shefir and others – had time to adjust to their respective positions.
Furthermore, Bohdan has been accumulating the negative sentiments of ordinary citizens. Hence, by letting him go Zelensky also shed a huge part of these negative sentiments.