Servant of the People (political party)

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Servant of the People

Слуга народа
LeaderIvan Bakanov
FounderIvan Bakanov[1]
Founded31 March 2018
IdeologySatire[2]
Big tent
Anti-corruption
Political positionCatch-all
European affiliationNone
International affiliationNone
SloganServant of the People
Verkhovna Rada
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Servant of the People (Ukrainian: Слуга народу, translit. Sluha Narodu) is a Ukrainian political party which was officially registered at the Ministry of Justice on 31 March 2018.[3] The party has the same name as the Ukrainian TV hit Servant of the People made by the TV production company Kvartal 95.[1][3] Party leader is Kvartal 95 lawyer Ivan Bakanov.[1] At the time Kvartal 95 created the party they claimed it was important to do so so that nobody stole the name of the eponymous series for "cynical political purposes".[4]

Legally, the party is the successor of the "Party of Decisive Change" (Ukrainian: Партія рішучих змін).[4][5]

In a December 2017, Razumkov Centre opinion poll the party scored 4%.[6] (Ukrainian parliamentarian elections have a 5% electoral election threshold[7][8]). In an April 2018 "RATING" opinion poll for the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election 9% of respondents stated they would vote for the party.[8] In a June 2018 poll by "RATING" the party gained 10.4%.[9]

The star of the TV show Servant of the People Volodymyr Zelensky did state late December 2018 that he was a member of the party and that it was political active.[10][11] He added that he was then not yet ready to name other members of the party.[10] A planned visit to the party office, located in the Kiev law office of the firm "Kachura Lawyers", by Ukrayinska Pravda in October 2018 was denied by a party member (who refused to give his surname) because he did not have permission of the owners of the law firm to let people in.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (in Ukrainian) Lawyer Zelensky has registered a new political party "Servant of the people", UNIAN (3 December 2017)
  2. ^ https://www.economist.com/europe/2018/08/04/politics-surpasses-satire-in-ukraine
  3. ^ a b (in Russian) The Ministry of Justice registered the party "Servant of the people", Ukrainian News Agency (26 April 2018)
  4. ^ a b c (in Ukrainian) The boundary of a joke. As Zelensky prepares for the election, Ukrayinska Pravda (25 October 2018)
  5. ^ (in Ukrainian) "Party of Decisive Change" changed its name to "Servant of the people", LB.ua (2 December 2017)
  6. ^ (in Ukrainian) The Council has a chance to go through 7 parties - polls, Ukrayinska Pravda (23 January 2018)
  7. ^ "Parliament passes law on parliamentary elections". Interfax-Ukraine. Interfax-Ukraine. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Elections to the Council: in the leaders of "Motherland", the party Gritsenko and "Servant of the people" Zelensky, BPP went to the bottom - poll, UNIAN (26 April 2018)
  9. ^ (in Ukrainian) In anticipation of presidential elections: the mood of Ukrainians, "RATING" (26 June 2018)
  10. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Zelensky: Party "Servant of the people" goes into politics, Interfax-Ukraine (26.12.2018)
  11. ^ Clown show: Stand-up comic enters Ukrainian presidential race… and could win, RT News (2 January 2018)