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Ukraine's party of power last week suffered its largest split in more than a year as seven deputies – most of them prominent players in Ukraine's gas market – quit the People's Democratic Party parliamentary faction.

The split defied the PDP's image as an unwavering supporter of President Leonid Kuchma. According to a party spokesman, the seven deputies quit the PDP faction because they didn't weren't sure the party would support Kuchma in the October 1999 presidential election.

Maksym Strikha, the PDP's chief ideologist, said the departing deputies were promised a better position for their businesses in exchange for support for Kuchma.

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