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Ten years ago, the opposition did well on the party lists, but failed to muster a majority after doing poorly in the single-mandate districts. Experts think that history will repeat itself in the fall parliamentary election, enabling President Viktor Yanukovych, like Leonid Kuchma 10 years before, to retain control over the Verkhovna Rada.

The expectation is that opposition candidates will do poorly in the 225 districts, where the watch of election observers will not be strong enough in number to catch pro-presidential candidates using influence, voter intimidation and more, to squeeze out victories.

If this scenario plays out, the outcome will be the same as a decade ago, with the ruling, pro-presidential parties still in charge. 

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