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Party of former Ukrainian president may fail to enter parliament

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen during a meeting in Kiev Ukraine

Support for Ukraine’s European Solidarity Party, led by former president Petro Poroshenko, has dropped to five per cent, making it uncertain whether the party will be able to pass the threshold to enter the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament in a snap election set for July 21.

The poll, conducted by the Rating Sociological Group, found that among those willing to vote and having already made a choice, cuurent president Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the People Party maintains a comfortable lead and would receive 47.1 per cent of the vote. The pro-Russian Opposition Platform – For Life Party would come in second with 11.1 per cent.

The Voice party led by former musician Svyatoslav Vakarchuk has strengthened and now polls at 8.1 per cent, while former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna is supported by 7.3 per cent.

The poll finds that one other party might make the threshold: the conservative Strength and Honour Party of Igor Smeshko, former head of the Ukrainian’s intelligence services, which polls at 4.3 per cent.

Support for all other parties is well below three per cent.