Moroz hopes Socialist Party will overcome 5% parliamentary election threshold

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Aug. 7, 2012, 4:27 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

One of the leaders of the Socialist Party of Ukraine, Oleksandr Moroz


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One of the leaders of the Socialist Party of Ukraine, Oleksandr Moroz, has said that the Socialist Party hopes to overcome the 5% election threshold and bring a dozen nominees from single-member constituency to the Verkhovna Rada.

Speaking at a press briefing at the end of the Congress of the Socialist Party of Ukraine on Tuesday, Moroz said that ideally some forty to fifty candidates running in single-member constituency could get seats in the parliament.

"Because actually these are people who have been tested by life, whom locals know. But I'm not a utopian, and I understand what forces are currently acting against us. Therefore we are unlikely to be able to fulfill this task," he said.

"But I think that ten to fifteen candidates in single-seat constituencies can make it," he said.

"We expect to overcome the election threshold," Moroz said.

Asked why he was running in a single-seat constituency rather than on the party ticket, Moroz recalled that the 16th Congress of the Socialists decided that former MPs would be nominated in single-member constituencies.

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