Talks began on 27 October between pro-Western parties that triumphed in Sunday’s general elections. President Petro Poroshenko met with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk from the People’s Front and Andriy Sadovyi, the mayor of the western city of Lviv and head of the Samopomich (Self Reliance) party. Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk are expected to publish a draft coalition agreement.
Den writes that the “low turnout” (only 52.42 per cent) is a consequence of voters’ “low expectations”, although, by giving Samopomich the third place in the race, they “want to see new rules and new faces in Parliament”.
As a political scientist interviewed by the daily says, —
the Communists’ withdrawal from the political arena and the arrival Samopomich brings Ukraine to a new stage. We enter into the Western world, and a new generation of young people will determine Ukrainian politics in the coming years.
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