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Ukrainian journalists forecast Poroshenko Bloc’s victory at parliamentary polls

October 26, 2014, 19:29 UTC+3 KIEV
Petro Poroshenko Bloc is expected to get 22-25% of the votes
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Journalists and Petro Poroshenko (right)

Journalists and Petro Poroshenko (right)

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KIEV, October 26. /TASS/. Petro Poroshenko Bloc will score 22-25% of the vote at Ukraine’s early parliamentary elections on Sunday, popular blogger and journalist Pavel Sheremet wrote in his blog on the Ukrainskaya Gazeta newspaper’s website.

Citing preliminary results of opinion polls, he forecasts that the Petro Poroshenko Bloc will be followed by the People’s Front with 18-21% of the vote and Samopomoshch with 10%.

The Opposition Bloc, according to Sheremet, is expected to win about 10% the Radical Party - 8%, Batkivshchina - about 6%, and Svodoba - 5-6%

Other parties are highly unlikely to overcome the five-percent barrier to win seats in the parliament.

Since it is prohibited to announce any results until polling stations are closed, the blogger used allegorical language replacing the names of parties with the names of invented alcoholic drinks.

Thus, Chocolate Liqueur stands for the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Frontline Vodka stands for the People’s Front, Old Lviv Liqueur - for Samoposhch, whose leader is a native of Lviv.

Moskovskaya Vodka symbolizes the Opposition Bloc, and Berehynia’s (Berehynia is a female spirit in Slavic mythology with the function of protectress of the home) Milk Wine explicitly hints to Yulia Tymoshenko-led Batkivshchyna.

First exit poll results will be available immediately after the voting is over at 20:00 local time.

Petro Poroshenko on Sunday pledged again to bring peace to Donbass, reform the power and create a pro-European coalition in the parliament.

The turnout at the election has exceed 40%, as it was reported by the supervising commission earlier. The turnout in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions is lowest. The highest turnout is observed in wester Ukraine's Lviv region.

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