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DPR PM Zakharchenko tops election list of Donetsk Republic movement

October 12, 2014, 2:07 UTC+3 DONETSK

A list of 103 people was formed during the meeting for participation in elections to the DPR parliament

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DONETSK, October 12. /TASS/. Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko topped the election list of the “Donetsk Republic” movement, a TASS correspondent reported from the venue of the organization’s general meeting Saturday.

A list of 103 people was formed during the meeting for participation in elections to the DPR parliament.

Besides Zakharchenko, the top three of the list unanimously adopted by meeting participants includes DPR first deputy premier Andrey Purgin and former head of the republic’s Supreme Council Denis Pushilin.

Elections of the parliamentarians and head of the DPR are set for November 2.

In line with the law “On elections of the head of the DPR”, a citizen of the DPR at least 30 years old, who has permanently resided in the republic for at least 10 years and has collected 1,000 signatures in his support can be elected the DPR head. Zakharchenko is one of the candidates.

Parliamentary elections will be held simultaneously with elections of the DPR head in line with the law “On elections of deputies to the DPR People’s Council”. The electoral threshold is set at 5% The parliament will have 100 lawmakers elected in line with the proportional system.

The right to nominate candidate lists is given to public organizations and associations; their registration started October 3. The candidate should be older than 21 and has to live for five years on the republic’s territory prior to the elections. The DPR head and deputies are elected for four years.

The UN says about 3,500 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have fled Ukraine’s war-torn southeast as a result of clashes between Ukrainian troops and local militias in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions during Kiev’s military operation conducted since mid-April to regain control over the breakaway territories, which call themselves the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s republics.

The parties to the Ukrainian conflict agreed on cessation of fire during talks mediated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on September 5 in Belarusian capital Minsk.

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