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People’s Front leads in Ukraine parliamentary polls as 50% of votes counted

October 27, 2014, 15:21 UTC+3 KIEV
Arseniy Yatsenyuk's People’s Front with it's 21.61% is closely followed by the Petro Poroshenko Bloc with 21.45%
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Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

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KIEV, October 27. /TASS/. With 50.08% of the votes counted, the People’s Front led by Arseniy Yatsenyuk has a narrow lead in Sunday's parliamentary elections gaining 21.61% and is closely followed by the Petro Poroshenko Bloc with 21.45%

The Samopomich (Self-Help) party headed by mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovy comes third with 11.10% of the ballots. The Opposition Bloc led by Yuriy Boyko has 9.82%, Oleh Lyashko’s Radical Party has 7.38% and the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has 5.69%

The voter turnout at the snap parliamentary elections, the first since February coup, was recorded at 52.42% In the previous elections, held in 2012, the turnout reached 57.98%.

New coalition in Ukraine's parliament

Leader of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Yuriy Lutsenko, earlier said a  draft coalition agreement for parties that are elected to the parliament after Sunday’s snap polls is due to be published on Monday. President Poroshenko has launched talks with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Lutsenko said Ukraine’s new parliamentary coalition will be based on the principle of equality of political forces.

“Currently invitations for consultations are being sent by phone to all the leaders of the winning parties of Maidan. The president has so far only met with Arseniy Yatsenyuk,” Yuriy Lutsenko said.

Lutsenko stressed that he is against the idea that parties that have gained most of the votes should reach an agreement first and later partners from other political forces are to be invited for talks.

“No one will be a junior or elder member of the coalition. This is essential for me. Those who have 10% and those who have 25% will be equal partners and will be both responsible for the future reforms,” Lutsenko stressed.

The Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko is also considered as a partner in the Verkhovna Rada.

“We expect responsible and professional approaches in the coalition. In this case, we speak about the People’s Front, Samopomich (Self-Help), Svoboda and maybe Batkivshchyna if they accept the invitation,” he said.

Other parties have not yet made any “professional proposals for reforms and activity of the parliament.”

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