FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy holds a news conference after meeting European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium, June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo
KIEV (Reuters) – The party of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has extended its lead over other groups, according to polls published three days before parliamentary elections.
Zelenskiy, a TV comedian with no previous political experience, took the presidency in April on a platform of promising to crack down on corruption and lift living standards.
He is now hoping his Servant of the People party – named after the TV series in which he played a fictional, honest graft-fighting president – can give him control of parliament after Sunday’s vote.
Surveys by the Razumkov center non-government think-tank and the pollster Reiting showed his party with the support of 40.2% and 41.8% of voters – up from the 36.5% and 37.3%, respectively, recorded by the same pollsters in late June and early July.
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WNU Editor: Former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko’s party is polling around 6.5% and 6.8%. IMHO I expect his party will be lucky to get even that.
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