Ukraine Electoral Commission Completes Vote Count, Regions Win

Ukraine’s central electoral commission completed counting ballots for parliament elections, who weeks after the ruling Party of Regions of President Viktor Yanukovych claimed victory.

The Party of Regions got 30 percent of votes in party lists, with 100 percent of votes counted, according to its website. Opposition parties, united under jailed former Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko and led by Arseniy Yatsenyuk, got 25.54 percent.

The commission counted 100 percent of ballots in 220 single-seat constituencies, while Parliament decided last week to hold a repeated vote in five single-seat constituencies on fraud concerns. Half of Ukraine’s 450-member legislature is elected as single-seat candidates.

The Party of Regions won 113 parliament seats in single- seat constituencies and Tymoshenko’s Batkivschyna got 39 seats.

The leader of Batkivschyna, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko’s UDAR and the right-wing Svoboda party have pledged to join forces in the next Parliament. UDAR had 13.96 percent on party lists and six single-seat winners, while Svoboda had 10.44 percent and 12 single seats.

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