News2019.07.22 12:35

Ukrainian voters in Lithuania shun pro-Kremlin party

BNS 2019.07.22 12:35

Ukrainians living in Lithuania voted mainly for the parties of the country's current and former presidents' parties in the early election on Sunday.

Some 299 people came to the Ukrainian Embassy in Vilnius to vote, Mykola Dziadzin, a representative of the election commission, told BNS on Monday.

Zelensky's Servant of the People party received 86 votes, and 77 voted for former president Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity party. However, less than 10 percent of the 3,142 pre-registered voters in Lithuania came to the ballot box.

Golos (Voice) party of rock star Svyatoslav Vakarchuk was backed by 61 Ukrainians in Lithuania, the pro-Moscow Opposition Platform-For Life received 22 votes, and the party established by a vlogger Anatoly Shary – who has an asylum in Lithuania – also claimed 22 votes.

Other parties received fewer than ten votes.

Almost 6,000 Ukrainians resided in Lithuania for more than one year. Over 31,000 Ukrainians came to Lithuania for temporary work last year.

Elected Ukraine's president, Zelensky called a snap parliament election on July 21.

The early results indicate that Zelensky's Servant of the People party received around 42 percent of the votes.

The Opposition Platform-For Life came in second with 12.8 percent.

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