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Ukraine President Zekensky’s party set to win parliamentary polls

KIEV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party is set to win the midterm parliamentary election, which will help him consolidate his political power.

According to exit polls the Servant of the People is leading to have a majority in the parliament. However, the party will need a coalition partner to form a government.

After winning April’s presidential poll Zelensky has not been able to appoint the ministers of his choice.

He has pledged to implement radical reforms and tackle rampant corruption.

Partial official results – with 29% of the vote counted – give President Zelensky’s party 42.1%, with the pro-Russian Opposition Platform – For Life party in second place with 12.7% of the vote. However, Mr Zelensky has ruled out any coalition with it.

Speaking in Kiev after the polls closed, President Zelensky said he was inviting a party led by rock star Svyatoslav Vakarchuk to hold talks on forming a coalition.

“This was my initiative even before the election,” Mr Zelensky said.

The other two parties projected to enter parliament are former President Petro Poroshenko’s European Solidarity (8.7%) and Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) led by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (8.2%).

Mr Zelensky needs support from the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament. The victorious party or coalition will form a government and nominate a prime minister.

The president has said that the president, prime minister and parliament have to work together, just to make life happy for Ukraine.

He said the key issues were investment, democracy and safety.