14:27 08.11.2012

Ukrainian communists not to join other political forces in new parliament, says Symonenko

Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko has said that his will not form any coalition with other groups in the new parliament.

"The faction will work independently," he said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.

He said that the new parliament could not work better than the present one, as "there will be a confrontation between the financial, political and clan groups who got seats in the new parliament."

The October 28 elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine were held under a mixed system, with 225 MPs elected on party lists and 225 in single-seat constituencies.

According to the preliminary election results, the Communists received almost 13.2% of the vote on party lists, and thus could get at least 32 seats in the new Verkhovna Rada. The party failed to win any seats in voting in constituencies.

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