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Zelensky’s party heads for win in Ukraine snap election

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party is set to convincingly win a snap parliamentary election, consolidating his political power, the BBC reports.

Exit polls suggest the Servant of the People party will have a majority in parliament – but will need a coalition partner to form a government.

Five parties look on course to clear the 5% threshold to enter parliament.

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.

Mr Vakarchuk’s Holos (The Voice) party has so far won 6.4% of the vote.

Mr Zelensky triumphed in April’s presidential poll – but has been unable to appoint the ministers he wants.

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