In the Ukraine has started on Sunday morning for the Parliament elections. Around 30 million voters in the former Soviet Republic are called upon to determine the deputies of the Supreme Rada.

The new party leader Volodymyr Selenskyj is considered to be the overall favorite. The party Sluha Narodu (servants of the people) could reach according to surveys, up to 50 percent of the second votes. A total of 22 political parties. There are 424 mandates, of which 225 will be awarded on party lists and 199 by direct dial.

First forecasts are expected shortly after the polls closed from 19.00 hrs CEST. In a bloody conflict-ridden separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in the East is not selected.

For Selenskyj the choice is politically crucial. His party is not yet represented in the Parliament. For its promised reforms of the political newcomer needs a strong majority in the Rada.

Selenskyj had strengthened since he took office in may, hopes to end the five years of war in the East of the country. In the conflict information around 13,000 people have been killed, according to UN.

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