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Five Ukrainian parties agree to form parliamentary coalition

Five of the six Ukrainian political parties that passed the 5 percent vote threshold on the Oct. 26 parliamentary elections agreed on Friday to form a parliamentary coalition.

The deal, proposed by the political bloc allied with President Petro Poroshenko, was signed by leaders of the People's Front Party of Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, the Samopomich Party headed by Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, the Radical Party of politician Oleh Lyashko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's Fatherland Party.

Negotiations on forming the coalition started in late October.

Although the full coalition program was not unveiled, Yatsenyuk said that the deal includes provisions on implementing "difficult, painful, but much-needed" reforms in the country.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Yatsenyuk said the parliamentary coalition will pave the way for the formation of a new government in the near future.

"We are preparing a simple, clear and understandable program on the activities of the cabinet on the basis of the coalition deal," Yatsenyuk said.

The People's Front Party won the eighth Ukrainian parliamentary elections, while the political bloc that supports Poroshenko came second followed by the Samopomich Party, the Opposition Bloc Party, the Radical Party and the Fatherland Party.

The pro-Russian Opposition Bloc, led by former Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko, announced earlier they would go into opposition instead of joining the pro-European coalition.

The newly-elected Ukrainian parliament will meet for the first time on Nov. 27.

[Source: Xinhua, Kiev, 21Nov14]

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