Ukraine: Donetsk to Hold Own Elections, Decries Kiev Elections as ‘Rigged’

Separatists inhabiting Ukraine’s southeastern region of Donetsk plan to hold their own elections, elect a prime minister and allow for a future elected official to appoint his own cabinet. The announcement was made days after the last bastion of separatist, pro-Russia rebels announced their intentions to hold elections that were not “rigged,” as they have described the official election process in Ukraine.

Running for the position in the self-titled Donetsk People’s Republic is seemingly open to anyone interested in the title, with candidates offering up campaign slogans that state that senior citizens should be entitled to subsidized trips to Australia and the right to “shoot a dozen kangaroos on Safari.” Alexander Zakharchenko, the current leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, is among those running, and features prominently throughout the city urging self-proclaimed citizens of the People’s Republic to vote for “life” by voting for him. No official election date has been scheduled.

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