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Ukraine’s Rada speaker hopes new parliament will support Yatsenyuk as prime minister

October 26, 2014, 22:20 UTC+3 KIEV

Rada speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said that a possible coalition in Ukraine's parliament should include all democratic forces

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Oleksandr Turchynov (left) and Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Oleksandr Turchynov (left) and Arseniy Yatsenyuk

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KIEV, October 26. /TASS/. Speaker of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, Oleksandr Turchynov said on Sunday after the voting at early parliamentary elections was over he hoped the People’s Front led by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk would be the pivot of the parliamentary majority that would support Yatsenyuk as prime minister for another term.

When asked about possible coalition with the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Turchynov said the problem is not in a coalition agreement, but in formalities, in the configuration of the parliament.

“Now, based on the exit poll results, it is difficult to say anything. I would like to remind that only 50% of seats are to be taken by party tickets. The rest will be taken by lawmakers elected in one-seat constituencies and it will greately influence the ultimate architecture of the Verkhovna Rada. We will be able to discuss anything only after the Central Election Commission announces preliminary results,” he said, adding that the coalition should include “all democratic forces.”

According to the results of the national and international exit polls and a poll conducted by the Inter television channel, the Petro Poroshenko Bloc is winning from 22 to 23% of the vote. It is followed by Yatesnyuk’s and Turchynov’s People’s Front with 19.7-21.8% Next are Samopomoshch led by Mayor of Lviv Andrei Sadovy (11-14.2%), Yuri Boiko’s Opposition Bloc (7/8-9.9%), Oleh Lyashko’s Radical Party (about 6.5%), Oleh Tyahnybok’s Svoboda (5.8-6.3%), and Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna (5.6%).

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