TV Comic Zelensky Changed Ukrainian Politics Before Trump Impeachment Scandal
2019 has been a big year for Volodymyr Zelensky. He’s gone from playing Ukraine’s president on TV to actually becoming, well, Ukraine’s president.
It’s an equally big change for Ukrainian politics, which just underwent a dramatic makeover in July’s parliamentary elections. The comedian-turned-politician's party was always expected to perform well, but they exceeded all expectations.
Zelensky's party, Servant of the People, won 254 of a possible 424 seats in parliament, for a 58.5 percent share and enough to rule without forming a coalition, a first in post-Soviet Ukraine. That would be a massive haul for any politician, but it’s especially noteworthy for Zelensky, who had no political experience before entering office, nor did his party have any sitting MPs.
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