Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine: Triumph of Liberal Populism

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Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine: Triumph of Liberal Populism
// Russia and New States of Eurasia. 2019. No III (LIV). P. 43-61

DOI: 10.20542/2073-4786-2019-3-43-61


Abstract

On July 21, 2019 snap parliamentary elections were held in Ukraine. The elections were won by the pro-presidential liberal populist party “Servant of the People”, which got 43.2% of votes and won 254 seats in Verkhovnaya Rada. Thus the party supporting President Zelensky won a majority in the Ukrainian parliament, which enabled it to form a government. The second place was taken by moderately pro-Russian party “Opposition Platform – For Life”, which got 13% of votes. Three pro-Western and nationalist parties – “Bat’kivshchyna” (“Fatherland”), “European Solidarity” and “Voice” – also entered the parliament. However, unlike the Verkhovnaya Rada elected in 2014, factions of pro-Western and nationalist parties comprise parliamentary minority in the present Rada. It gives hope for some improvement in Russian-Ukrainian relations.


Keywords

Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, snap elections to Verkhovnaya Rada, “Servant of the People”, “Opposition Platform – For Life”, “Bat’kivshchyna”, “European Solidarity”, “Voice”


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For citation:
Rabotyazhev N. Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine: Triumph of Liberal Populism. Russia and New States of Eurasia, 2019, No III (LIV), pp. 43-61. https://doi.org/10.20542/2073-4786-2019-3-43-61



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