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Will Ukraine’s Parliament Be Reshuffled?
10 June, 2019
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shocked the nation when he claimed that the current parliament (formed during ex-President Poroshenko's rule) had 4% approval rate. He named it as "the main reason" for dissolving the parliament and calling for snap elections, which are now scheduled to take place on July 21.

Those figures were quickly placed under doubt by Iryna Bekeshkina – the head of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation Iryna Bekeshkina – who wrote that the latest opinion polls said there was in fact 12% approval rate in February, which is, undoubtedly, still low.

The July 21 elections are expected to dramatically shake up Ukraine’s entrenched political establishment. Approximately 87% of Ukrainians want “radical change” according to a May survey conducted by Rating.

READ MORE: Ukraine President Zelenskyy Calls Snap Parliamentary Elections for July 21

“It’s going to be [an uphill battle] for Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman’s party – the people in his party are [the same lawmakers we have now.] People are not satisfied with the policies of the currently ministers, more or less,” said MP Olena Sotnyk. “But if we reshuffle the entire parliament, we won’t have institutional memory and good professionals.”

“Poroshenko’s [team was supposed to win.] But the situation totally changed,” says watchdog activist Vita Dumanska. “It’s hard to find proper information on new people.”

70% of Ukrainians support the idea of ​​dissolving parliament and holding early elections, according to a May 2019 poll by Rating sociological group.

“I’m really happy that political forces opened their party members,”  Dumanska said.

As of June 2019*:

48.5% support Zelenskyy's Servant of the People party

11.8% support the Opposition Platform - For Life party

8.1% support Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity Party party

7.8% support Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna party

5.6% support Svyatoslav Vakarchuk's Golos (Voice) party

*among those who said they will vote and are decided. 2,021 respondents in total. Survey conducted between May 26-June 7. Error margin no more than 3.3%.

READ MORE: Zelenskyy Gains Momentum as Ukraine Parliamentary Elections Loom