July 21, 2019 / 5:39 PM / 2 months ago

Ukraine president wants to discuss coalition with Voice party

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy reacts at his party's headquarters after a parliamentary election in Kiev, Ukraine July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday said he wants to invite the Voice party, headed by rock star Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, for talks about forming a governing coalition in parliament.

Zelenskiy was speaking after an exit poll showed his party ahead in a snap parliamentary election.

A senior member of the Voice party separately said it was open to an alliance with new political forces provided they were not backed by oligarchs.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by David Goodman

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