Ukrainian President's Party Wins Snap Elections In Bid To Consolidate Power
Added 07-22-19 03:06:01am EST - “President Volodymyr Zelensky, who gained fame by playing a fictional president on television, hopes a new parliament will give him the clout to follow through on his promise to tackle corruption.” - Npr.org
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at his the 'Servant of the People' political party's headquarters after the parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at his the 'Servant of the People' political party's headquarters after the parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday.
Exit polls in Ukraine indicate that the party of the country's comedian-turned-president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has won a snap election aimed at strengthening its coalition only months after coming to power.
Zelensky's Servant of the People party is expected to garner about 41 percent of the vote and gain a majority in parliament, but it will not have enough seats to govern without allies, according to the polls released Sunday.
The pro-Russian Opposition Platform appeared to have placed second, with about 12 percent. The party of former President Petro Poroshenko, who Zelensky unseated in April, finished third, according to polls quoted by Reuters.
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