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    Two Leading Ukrainian Parties Holding Talks on Creating Coalition: Poroshenko's Bloc

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    The two parties which now lead in Ukraine’s parliament are currently holding talks in order to create a coalition, according to the head of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc Yuriy Lutsenko.

    KIEV, October 27 (RIA Novosti) – The two leading parties in Ukraine's parliamentary elections are currently holding talks to create a coalition, the head of the Petro Poroshenko's Bloc Yuriy Lutsenko said Monday.

    "Talks have literally just begun with [Prime Minister] Arseniy Yatsenyuk's People's Front, in any case consultations have begun between the president and prime minister and a meeting on a broader scale with representatives from both political forces is planned for today," Lutsenko said at a press briefing.

    On Sunday, Lutsenko said that the prime minister would be determined through coalition talks.

    Late on Sunday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk confirmed following talks with President Petro Poroshenko that the parliamentary majority coalition in newly-elected parliament will be formed as quickly as possible.

    Early parliamentary elections were held in Ukraine on Sunday. Ukraine's Central Election Commission said Monday that voter turnout in the country's parliamentary elections stands at 52.42 percent after compiling data from all 198 districts. With just over 45 percent of the ballots counted, the People's Front has garnered 21.62 percent of the popular vote, with the country's current president's Petro Poroshenko's Bloc close behind with 21.47 percent, according to the Central Election Commission.

    The two leading parties are followed by the Samopomich (Self-Help) party headed by mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovy now gaining 11.13 percent of the votes, the Opposition Bloc with 9.76 percent, Oleh Lyashko's nationalist Radical Party with 7.36 percent of the votes and Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party headed by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with 5.71 percent.

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