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Poroshenko rather loser than winner in Ukraine parliamentary polls — Russian expert

October 26, 2014, 23:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Acording to a Russian expert, if final results are close to those of the exit polls, the Ukrainian president will have little chance to form a coalition on the basis of his party

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Petro Poroshenko

Petro Poroshenko


MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. First exit poll results after the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine show that President Petro Poroshenko is rather a loser than a winner, Oleg Ignatov, a deputy director general of the Russian Center for Political Situational Analysis, said on Sunday.

“If final results are close to those of the exit polls, the Ukrainian president will have little chance to form a coalition on the basis of his party,” he said. “I would like to remind that at the last stage of the canvassing campaign Poroshenko claimed to be able to form a pro-presidential coalition in the Verkhovna Rada and finally have a person from his team, probably Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, on the post of prime minister.”

“But in the end, we see that /Rada speaker/ Oleksandr Turchynov’s and /incumbent Prime Minister/ Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front has won more votes than expected,” Ignatov noted. “So, it looks like Yatsenyuk will continue as prime minister to conduct a policy independent from the president. And whereas until now, Poroshenko has tended for a not very tough format of relations with Russia and Ukraine’s eastern regions, now it will be next to impossible for him, for he will have to reckon with advocates of a more harsh scenario, the more so as other pro-war parties, such as Samopomoshch, the Radical Party and Svoboda, are winning high support.

Russian lawmaker says Ukraine's future is miserable

The chairman of the international committee of the Russian parliament's lower house, Alexey Pushkov, said earlier Sunday, that Ukraine’s early parliamentary polls are unlikely to change the configuration of power in the country.

“It is already clear that the elections will not trigger any changes in the power structures, but the authorities cannot do anything new - it has no financial resources,” he wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday. “Ukraine has not the process of European integration ahead but a complete loss of independence for the tiny money the United States and the European Union would throw to it. Ukraine’s future is miserable.”

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%).

Other parties, including the radical Right Sector and the Communist Party of Ukraine, have failed to overcome the five-percent barriers to win seats in the parliament.

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