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You're reading: Election law could preserve Yanukovych’s grip on power

Ukraine’s Justice Ministry on May 27 published a draft version of legislation for the parliamentary election scheduled for Oct. 31, 2012.

It’s apparent the goal of the pro-presidential and ruling Regions Party will be to introduce as many rules to the elections – while conforming to as many international standards as is pragmatic – that produce the results favorable in forming the next coalition government.

Three main changes are in store from the 2007 vote – a 50/50 mixed electoral system will replace exclusive closed lists, blocs of parties will be prohibited and the qualifying threshold with be raised to 4-5 percent from 3 percent.

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