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Ukraine enters new territory with majority parliament

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Significance

The news comes on the heels of the July 22 election which means that for the first time since 1991, the Verkhovna Rada (parliament).will be controlled by one party without the need to form a coalition. Zelensky's Servant of the People will take 254 votes, giving it an absolute majority.

Impacts

  • The election has been generally acknowledged as free and fair -- an achievement for any post-Soviet state.
  • The Zelensky administration's electoral success will prompt it to hold early municipal elections, initially to oust Kyiv's mayor.
  • Servant of the People may grow so unwieldy as to become ungovernable and may eventually disintegrate.
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