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    Leader of Petro Poroshenko's bloc, Yuriy Lutsenko, said Sunday he does not rule out participation of radical nationalist party Svoboda in the ruling coalition in newly-elected Ukrainian parliament.

    Updated 10:44 p.m. Moscow Time

    KIEV, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - Leader of Petro Poroshenko's bloc, Yuriy Lutsenko, said Sunday he does not rule out participation of the radical nationalist party Svoboda in the ruling coalition in newly-elected Ukrainian parliament.

    "I think that the Svoboda party is a long-running ally of the 'Maidan parties,' and they could certainly be part of the coalition," Lutsenko said.

    At the same time, Lutsenko expressed doubt over the possibility of another nationalist party - Oleh Lyashko’s Radical Party - joining the majority coalition in the Verkhovna Rada.

    "I am not sure about the real political goals of this party," Lutsenko said.

    Svoboda and Radical Party passed the election threshold with 6.3 and 6.4 percent of the ballot, according to he National Exit Poll.

    Snap parliamentary elections were held in Ukraine on Sunday. Ukrainians went to the polls to vote in 423 members of parliament — 225 of them from party lists and 198 in single-candidate constituencies. The electoral threshold has been set at five percent.

    The elections were held against the background of a serious political and economic crisis in the country. Despite the ceasefire agreement on September 5 between between government troops and independence supporters of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk people’s republics, both sides have repeatedly accused each other of violating the truce.

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