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Ukrainian parliament elections held in unacceptable way — Interior Minister Avakov

November 17, 2014, 12:07 UTC+3 KIEV KIEV November, 17. /TASS
More than 400 cases were opened over election fraud, and some people were already arrested, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said
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Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov

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KIEV, November 17. /TASS/. The elections to the Ukrainian parliament were held in an unacceptable way, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said, referring to fraud, rigged results and other violations.

The minister is among the first ten candidates on the list of the People’s Front elected to the parliament. “The elections Ukraine experienced recently are unacceptable. It is a dirty and outrageous situation with the majoritarian fuss in constituencies and a fight between oligarchs,” Avakov said in an interview with the Ukrainian publication Insider.

More than 400 cases were opened over election fraud, the minister said, adding some people were already arrested.

Avakov said he believed the country needed a proportional electoral system with elements of openness of lists, such as Poland’s system. “I believe the electoral system must be changed, including in the constitution,” Avakov said.

“The constitution must be changed, and Ukraine must move toward a parliamentary republic and decentralization of power,” he said, adding the conception was put forth also by Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc and the president himself before the elections. The president’s representative Volodymyr Groysman supported and repeatedly presented it to the government. “If we move in this direction, there are no problems,” the minister said.

The elections to the Ukrainian parliament were held on October 26. According to the Central Election Commission’s report, Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc is the first for the number of deputies elected as self-nominees in constituencies and who were on the party list. The political force will be represented in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) by 132 deputies. Ukrainian Premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s party People’s Front received 82 seats. Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy’s party Self-Help (Samopomich) has 33 seats, the Opposition Bloc of Yuriy Boiko 29, and the Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko has 22 seats. Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna will be represented by 19 deputies. Ninety nine seats will be taken by elected self-nominated candidates, including six from the Freedom party, and each of the Strong Ukraine, Agrarian, Right Sector and Will parties will have one seat.

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