Ukraine president's party tipped to win parliament vote

Polls open in Ukraine parliamentary election

Polls open in Ukraine parliamentary election

The leader's party Servant of the People - named after a sitcom in which he played a president - is predicted to get roughly half of the vote even though it barely existed before Zelensky won a landslide victory in an April presidential vote.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports.

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 112 Ukraine TV channel is broadcasting the election.

Former president Petro Poroshenko's European Soldiarity parliament came in third with just 8.5% of the vote. "We will do everything we promised", he said in a speech at the headquarters of the Servant of the People party.

She announced her support for Volodymyr Zelensky's party in the new parliament and said that her party is ready to form a coalition.

A senior member of the Voice party separately said it was open to an alliance with new political forces provided they were not backed by oligarchs.

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Zelensky dissolved the Verkhovna Rada during his swearing-in ceremony in May, triggering snap polls. The head of state said this at the polling station after he voted.

He also said he was looking for a "new face and a specialist in the economy" to become the next prime minister.

The strong score for the Opposition Platform-For Life was expected as opinion polls had consistently shown the party in second place.

The Western-backed country of 45 million people has gone through two popular uprisings in two decades and is still mired in the conflict with eastern separatists that has claimed some 13,000 lives.

But only 225 of the 424 seats to be filled in the Verkhovna Rada parliament are being chosen by party list; the rest are single-mandate seats, whose distribution could differ from nationwide sentiment.

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