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In Ukrainian parliamentary election, win of Zelenskiy's party coming

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Ukraine has held its snap parliamentary election, where, according to exit polls, Servant of the People party lead by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won with a clear majority.

Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera reports that in the Sunday, July 21, elections Ukrainians gave their comic-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky a mandate to reboot the country’s politics on Sunday by handing his party a record score in parliamentary elections, exit polls showed.

The President’s Servant of the People party – having the name of the sitcom he starred in before his shock presidential win in April –

received 43.9 percent of the vote, as indicated by combined figures from three pollsters.

This would be the highest score in a parliamentary election for any party since Ukraine gained its independence with the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

The pro-Kremlin Opposition Platform-For Life was second with 11.5 percent, the polls showed.

Al Jazeera reports that full, official results will be announced on Monday, July 22.


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