Yefremov: Regions Party faction already has 223 members
Leader of the Party of Regions faction Oleksandr Yefremov has said that 223 members of the Verkhovna Rada of the 7th convocation have already expressed their desire to work in his party's fraction.
"223 MPs have applied to join the faction," Yefremov said at a briefing on Wednesday answering a question from Interfax-Ukraine.
The Party of Regions earlier said that it alone intended to form the majority of 226 seats in parliament.
The October 28 election was conducted under a mixed system, with 225 MPs elected on party lists and 225 in single-seat constituencies.
Overall, 225 deputies have been elected on party lists, including 72 from the Party of Regions, 62 from Batkivschyna, 34 from UDAR, 32 from the Communist Party and 25 from Svoboda.
Two hundred and twenty deputies have been elected in the single-mandate districts, including 113 from the Party of Regions, 39 from Batkivschyna, 12 from Svoboda party, 6 from UDAR, 3 from the United Center, 2 from the People's Party, one each from the Soyuz (Union) party and from the Oleh Liashko's Radical Party, and 43 independent candidates.
In all, 445 deputies have been elected in the single mandate districts and by party lists, including 185 from the Party of Regions, 101 from Batkivschyna, 40 from UDAR, 37 from Svoboda, 32 from the Communists, 3 from the United Center, 2 from the People's Party, 1 from the Union party, 1 from the Liashko's Radical Party and 43 independent candidates.
The Central Election Commission has announced that repeat elections will be ordered on the Verkhovna Rada's recommendation in the five single-mandate constituencies in Kyiv, Mykolaiv and Cherkasy region, and in Kyiv, where the results could not be established.
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