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Ukraine's leader set to win snap parliamentary election

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Published on July 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:51s

Ukraine's leader set to win snap parliamentary election

The party of Ukraine's new president looks set to win Sunday's snap parliamentary election, repeating Volodymyr Zelenskiy's shock victory in the April presidential race that has upended politics in the war-scarred nation.

Anna Bevan reports

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Ukraine's leader set to win snap parliamentary election

Sunday's (July 21) snap parliamentary election in Ukraine looks set to be dominated by the country's new president's party.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Servant of the People party pulled off a shock victory in April's presidential race, upending politics in the war-scarred nation.

The former comedian is hoping his party can do the same again and secure control of parliament by tapping into public anger over low living standards in one of Europe's poorest countries.

Zelenskiy currently shares power with a cabinet and lawmakers who are mostly loyal to his predecessor.

(Russian) STUDENT FROM KIEV, ILLIA PALAMARCHUK, SAYING: "Zelenskiy's not a God.

That's why he needs help in all areas.

His people should be in the Central Bank and his people should be in parliament.

Then we can talk about the country's work in general and the system Zelenskiy's trying to implement." Ukraine's president had no previous political experience, but shot to power by capitalizing on an anti-establishment mood in the country, mirroring the success of Donald Trump in the United States and the Five Star Movement in Italy.

That mood appears to be holding.

A recent survey showed that nearly twice as many Ukrainian voters wanted a political party that delivered change compared to a party that ensured stability.

(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) DIRECTOR OF DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVES FOUNDATION, IRYNA BEKESHKINA, SAYING: "Zelenskiy is generally a dream.

It's a dream that this party will come and be completely different from the former political elite.

And that the 'Servant of the People' will really serve as the servant of the people." Zelenskiy's party is currently polling at 37.8 percent, well ahead of its closest rivals, but still short of a majority.

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