Ukraine's snap parliamentary vote: Reaction of international media

Source : 112 Ukraine

The turnout on the parliamentary elections in Ukraine made 49,84%
10:12, 22 July 2019

According to the National exit poll, Servant of the People of Volodymyr Zelensky, headed by Dmytro Razumkov gets 44,2% of the votes; Opposition Platform - For Life by Yuriy Boyko, Vadym Rabinovych and Viktor Medvedchuk - 11,4% of the votes; European Solidarity of Petro Poroshenko - 8,8% of the votes; Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) of Yulia Tymoshenko - 7,4% of the votes; Holos (The Voice) of Svyatoslav Vakarchuk - 6,5% of the votes. The turnout on the parliamentary elections in Ukraine made 49,84% as of 8 pm, as the Central Election Commission reported on its website.

Related: Exit-poll of 112 Ukraine: Servant of the People – 43.5%, Opposition Platform – For Life – 12.5%, European Solidarity – 8.7%, Fatherland – 8.1, Holos – 6.6%

BBC released an article with the headline “Ukraine election: President Zelensky's party heads for win.”

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“Mr Zelensky triumphed in April's presidential poll - but has been unable to appoint the ministers he wants. He has pledged to implement radical reforms and tackle rampant corruption,” it notes, outlining that Zelensky was known for his TV show role as a teacher that won the presidential elections, “in reality, his route to the leadership was a bit more conventional than in his show - but only a bit.”

The outlet also outlines that “one of the candidates for Servant of the People, for example, is Zhan Beleniuk, an Olympic wrestler who wants to become Ukraine's first mixed-race MP.”

Ukraine election: rock star set for coalition talks with comedian-turned-president,” The Guardian wrote on Ukrainian snap parliamentary elections. It has emphasized on Svyatoslav Vakarchuk’s political fate in these elections. 

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“As if a comedian becoming the president wasn’t enough, Ukraine now has a rock star as a potential political kingmaker. Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, the 44-year-old lead singer of rock band Okean Elzy, is set to enter Ukraine’s parliament after exit polls showed his newly created Golos (Voice) party taking six percent in Sunday’s parliamentary vote… The rocker packed his party’s election list with young professionals, many of them western-educated, and banned current and former lawmakers from entering the party… He won a seat in parliament in 2007, but quickly became disillusioned with politics and gave up his seat after barely a year. In 2014 he passionately supported the Maidan revolution that eventually ousted a pro-Moscow leader, with one of his concerts in support of the protesters attended by more than 100,000 of people…  He followed in the footsteps of his father, a former education minister, and trained as a physicist in Lviv close to the Polish border,” the outlet commented on Vakarchuk.

The Times of Israel wrote “Exit polls: Zelensky party wins record score in Ukraine parliamentary vote,” emphasizing that “Jewish comedian-turned-president given broad mandate in elections, taking 44% of the vote, the highest for a single party since collapse of the Soviet Union.”

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“The result is the culmination of a stunning turnaround in Ukrainian politics and will bring a host of newcomers into parliament and government,”  The Times of Israel article reads, adding that the new Verkhovna Rada and the new Cabinet would “face a long list of challenges in a country heavily dependent on foreign aid and scarred by years of war with Russia-backed separatists.” They put an accent on Zelensky’s peace-setting agenda:  “41-year-old Zelensky said his primary goals were to bring peace and tackle corruption.” The outlet states that Ukraine’s political life has took a new turn after Zelensky’s victory, as it “was seen as a rejection of the country’s traditional elite for failing to end the separatist conflict, revive the economy or tackle widespread graft.”

New President’s Party Wins Big in Ukraine,” The Wall Street Journal wrote.

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“The Servant of the People’s victory cements the political newcomer’s power at a critical juncture for the country’s relations with Russia and the West. Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for the party of their former-comedian president in parliamentary elections on Sunday, cementing the political newcomer’s power at a critical juncture for the country’s relations with Russia and the West,” the outlet noted.

Deutsche Welle released an article with the headline “Ukraine hands President Zelenskiy's party a majority: polls.

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“The 41-year-old comedian-turned-president has convinced voters of his Servant of the People partyplatform, which includes negotiating a political solution to the eastern Ukrainian conflict, boosting the economy and cracking down on corruption… Zelenskiy has already signaled he is willing to discuss a coalition with Vakarchuk if Servant of the People falls short of the majority in parliament,” the outlet emphasized commenting on whether Zelensky’s party would have to form a coalition with one or more parties.

Al Jazeera highlights Zelensky’s great victory: “Ukraine president's party set for big win in parliamentary polls.”

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“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. Zelensky's Servant of the People party - named after the sitcom he starred in before his shock presidential win in April - took 43.9 percent of the vote in Sunday's election, according to combined figures from three pollsters. It was the highest score in a parliamentary election for any party since Ukraine gained its independence with the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union,” it wrote.

CBC wrote that “Ukraine president's party leads parliamentary election, exit polls say.”

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“Zelenskiy's party intends to continue a pro-Western course toward joining the European Union and NATO, combining this with economic reforms and an intensified fight against endemic corruption,” the outlet highlighted.

"Ukraine's Zelenskiy Promises 'Victory Over Corruption' As Party Leads Snap Parliamentary Vote," Radio Liberty writes. "Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy promised "victory over corruption" after his political party was on course to win a majority in the new parliament. Zelenskiy is a former actor and he has invited a start-up party led by Ukraine’s biggest pop-music star to begin coalition talks," it outlines. 



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