Ukrainian Svoboda party to contest parliamentary election results
KIEV, October 30 (RAPSI) – The leader of the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), Oleh Tyahnybok, said they would contest the results of the Verkhovna Rada elections in court, RIA Novosti reports on Thursday.
An early parliamentary election was held in Ukraine on October 26. After counting 99.5% of the ballots, the election authorities announced that the People’s Front party led by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk won 22.16 percent of the vote, and the Petro Poroshenko Bloc 21.82 percent. Other parties that will sit in the new parliament are the Self-Reliance political party of Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, the Opposition Bloc, which campaigned for a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis, Oleh Lyashko’s Radical Party, and Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna.
Svoboda claims to have received many more votes than has been officially announced by the Central Election Commission and should have seats in parliament.
This is the sixth parliamentary election for the nationalist party Svoboda, which negotiated the 5-percent election threshold only once, in 2012.
The European Parliament wrote in a resolution dated December 13, 2012 that Svoboda’s views run contrary to fundamental EU values and principles, and urged democratic parties not to cooperate with Svoboda.
After the February coup this year, Svoboda joined the ruling coalition, which later fell apart.