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Ukrainian expert: Election results are a verdict against political class

Mikhail Pavliv. Photo: novostimira.com.ua

On Sunday, October 29, local elections were held in the united territorial communities (districts) in Ukraine.

As RIA Novosti-Ukraine reports, even when the voting process was not over, Petro Poroshenko's Solidarity Bloc Party hastened to announce that its candidates are leading the elections in 40% of the districts. Now, parallel counting of votes in rural districts continues, where heads and deputies were elected by the majority system, as well as in urban districts, where deputies were elected according to the proportional system.

Ukrainian political analyst Mikhail Pavliv called the outcome of the election "a complete and unconditional victory of self-nominees in the elections." In his opinion this shows two things: "1. The consequence of unprecedented pressure on the opposition in the country. 2. A verdict against the greater part of the current political class", the expert writes in his Facebook account. He also added a "poignant detail": more than a half of these self-nominees de facto represent the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party and the Opposition Bloc.

"So, "the coalition of war" is in for a big surprise at the nearest parliamentary elections," predicts Pavliv.

Victory in the elections in the united territorial communities was scored by the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko's Solidarity Party, Fatherland, the Agrarian Party and Nash Krai (Our Land) party. According to the results of a parallel vote count conducted by the party headquarters, 108 winners, or 53.73%, for the post of UTC chairmen are nominees, party members or candidates who supported the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko's Solidarity Party.

The representatives of Fatherland, Nash Krai and the party "For Concrete Deeds" were also among the winners in the election for heads of the UTCs.

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