Ukraine’s New President Secures More Supportive Parliament as He Pursues Talks With Moscow

CNS News | 7/22/2019 | Staff
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Moscow (CNSNews.com) – Voters in Ukraine have handed a convincing victory to the political party of President Volodymyr Zelensky, providing him with a more supportive parliament as he pursues an agenda which includes renewed dialogue with Moscow but also the aspirations to join NATO and the European Union.

Just two months after the former comedian took office as president, his newly-founded Servant of the People party looked set to take about 126 seats of the 250 that were up for election in Sunday’s snap election, with 42 percent of the vote.

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The Russia-friendly Opposition Platform For Life party was running in a distant second place, with 12.7 percent.

Former President Petro Poroshenko’s European Solidarity party and former prime minister Yulia Timoshenko’s Batkivshchyna party received 8.7 percent and 8.2 percent respectively.

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Syatoslav Vakarchuk’s Golos party took just 6.4 percent of the vote, but it appears poised for a kingmaker role in the new parliament. After polls closed, Zelensky invited Vakarchuk, the lead singer of a popular rock band, to form a coalition government.

For Zelensky, the result represents a drop off from his victory in the presidential election, when the political novice most famous for playing a fictional president on television won 73 percent of the vote. Nevertheless, it is the strongest showing for any party since Ukraine instituted its current parliamentary electoral system in 1998.

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Sunday’s election is an important one for Zelensky. Under Ukraine’s constitution, the president’s powers are considerably limited by the parliament, and he or she may not appoint or even dismiss members of the cabinet without lawmakers’ approval.

Up to now, parliament was controlled by allies of Zelensky’s predecessor, Poroshenko, and the new president was forced to spend his early months...
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