MOSCOW, October 24 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's People's Front Party was founded in September 2014 by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament (the Verkhovna Rada), Oleksandr Turchynov, who both left the Batkivshchyna Party due to disagreements with its leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Arseniy Yatsenyuk heads the party's Political Council, while Oleksandr Turchynov is the head of its central headquarters.
The party's platform is focused on the idea of Ukraine's integration into the European Union, in particular, the establishment of a visa-free travel regime between Ukraine and the European Union. In addition, the party calls for economic, fiscal, judicial, and prosecution reforms.
The party's Political Council is comprised of seven members in addition to Yatsenyuk and Turchynov, including Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko, former Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Service Andriy Parubiy, Maidan activist Tetyana Chornovol, and members of parliament Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, and Liliya Hrynevich.
The party's Military Council includes heads of law enforcement agencies and battalion commanders, who are engaged in the military operation against independence supporters in eastern Ukraine.
Ahead of the parliamentary elections in Ukraine on Sunday Ukraine's Central Election Commission has registered 221 candidates running for the Verkhovna Rada on the party's electoral list.
Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, Interior Minister's adviser Chornovol, and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Turchynov make up the first three positions on the list.
The party has also nominated candidates in majority districts.