Ukraine Holds First Parliamentary Elections Since Euromaidan Protests

Oct. 31, 2014, 3:19 p.m.

Located in Eastern Europe, Ukraine has a population of 44,291,413 with 35,514,491 registered voters.[i] From late 2013 through early 2014, Ukrainians took to the streets to protest against President Viktor YANUKOVYCH and his anti-European policies. He fled the country and an interim government was installed. Presidential elections were held in May 2014, results can be seen here. Preliminary results for the parliamentary elections have the pro-Western People’s Front winning 21.9 percent of the vote and President POROSHENKO’s Bloc Petro Poroshenko, also pro-Western, winning 21.6 percent.[ii] The Opposition Bloc, a party that includes former colleagues of ousted President YANUKOVYCH, won 9.8 percent of the vote.[iii] Turnout in this election was approximately 52.4 percent. Russian officials have also stated they will recognize the results of the election.[iv] Final results are expected in the coming weeks.

[i] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2805/

[ii] http://online.wsj.com/articles/pro-western-parties-in-talks-over-new-ukraine-government-1414417524

[iii] http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/world/europe/ukraine-election.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHeadline&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

[iv] http://news.sky.com/story/1361313/russia-well-recognise-ukraine-election-result

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