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Ukrainian President Clinches Majority in Shock Election Result

  • Zelenskiy’s Servant of the People party beats expectations
  • President vows to fight graft, end separatist conflict
A woman walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during Ukraine’s parliamentary election in Kiev on July 21.
A woman walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during Ukraine’s parliamentary election in Kiev on July 21.Photographer: Genya Savilov/AFP via Getty Images
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Comedian-turned President Volodymyr Zelenskiy won a crushing victory in Ukraine’s parliamentary ballot, capitalizing on pledges to crack down on corruption, fix the economy and end the conflict with Russian-backed separatists.

Zelenskiy’s party rode a wave of public anger over the lack of progress flushing dirty officials from state institutions. His Servant of the People party -- named after the television show that propelled him to fame -- unexpectedly clinched a full majority in the assembly for the first time in the country’s history, according to almost final results published on Monday.