Yanukovych party wins general election


The party of President Viktor Yanukovych, the Party of the Regions (PR) looks set to take 195 of the 450 seats in the Verkhovna Rada or parliament based upon results counted so far. The general election took place on Sunday and was always expected to be a win for the incumbent party. At the time of writing around 80% of the results were counted and the results for the individual parties were projected to be as follows:

Party of the Regions (PR), 195 seats with 32.54%
All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland” (Batkivshchyna), 99 seats with 23.65%
Independents candidates, 44 seats
Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform Vitaliy Klychko (UDAR), 37 seats with 13.32%
Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU), 34 seats with 14.15%
All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda”, 34 seats with 9.37%
Others, 7.

In the 2007 elections the Party of the Regions took 175 seats, Yulia Tymoshenko’s Bloc the equivalent of Fatherland took 156 seats and the Communists took 27 seats. Of the remaining parties, Svoboda has been around since 2004 but has never won a parliamentary seat whilst UDAR was only formed in 2010.

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