Early results have shown that president Volodymyr Zelenskiy's new party is poised to win a majority in Ukraine's parliamentary election, giving the former comedian free reign to enact sweeping anti-corruption reforms.
If this bears out as the remaining votes are counted, it would be the first time in Ukraine's post-Soviet history that a single party has controlled parliament.
The president called the snap election after he swept to power in April on promises to pass reforms like a tax amnesty and an end to parliamentarians' immunity from prosecution. The old guard parliament has so far stymied his initiatives and appointments.
His Servant of the People party, named after the television show in which Mr Zelenskiy previously played a schoolteacher-turned-president, had the support of up to half of voters in polling before Sunday's vote. It was reportedly holding preliminary coalition talks with Voice, another new party founded by rock star Svyatoslav Vakarchuk that is now expected to get 20 seats.
But Servant of the People now stands to win more than half the legislative body through Ukraine's mixed system. The party has done unexpectedly well in the 199 of 424 seats that are filled by first-past-the-post district racesю
With almost two-third of votes counted on Monday, it was leading in 127 of these constituencies, according to the central electoral commission. It had another 122 seats through the party list vote.
Twenty-six seats will remain empty as these districts in eastern Ukraine were taken over by Russia-backed separatists in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people. Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed on Sunday, the first day of the latest attempt to rejuvenate an oft-violated ceasefire.
The pro-Russian Opposition Platform-For Life, which is led by Vladimir Putin's longtime friend Viktor Medvechuk, was on track to get 44 seats representing districts in eastern Ukraine.
The European Solidarity party of former president Petro Poroshenko and the Fatherland faction of former PM Yulia Tymoshenko were set to win 27 and 25 seats, respectively, an embarrassing showing that torpedoes their PM hopes.
Despite his anti-corruption rhetoric, questions remain about Mr Zelenskiy's ties to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, the owner of the television channel that broadcast his shows.
Servant of the People leader Dmytro Razumkov told journalists on Monday that the party was not expecting to enter a coalition and dismissed the idea of appointing Mr Vakarchuk as a rock star prime minister to complement the comedian president.
“I think there are enough people on our team who can meet the challenges that exist in the country,” he said. “We have two to three people for every position.”
An outspoken opponent of parliament's infighting and old-school politics, Mr Zelenskiy is expected to appoint technocrats and activists to key posts. Both Servant of the People and Voice refused to include any serving MPs on their tickets, meaning parliament will now be dominated by political neophytes.
An April investigation found that Mr Zelenskiy flew to Geneva 11 times after Mr Kolomoisky fled there to avoid charges in Ukraine.
He also appointed the oligarch's former advisor and lawyer head of the presidential administration.