Ukrainians vote for new parliament elections

Voting is under way in Ukraine to elect a new parliament that will boost President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to go ahead with his pro-West agenda, Aljazeera reports.

The snap election, coming eight months after a street revolt overthrew Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich, is meant to complete a historic shift from Russia’s sphere of influence.

While around 36 million people have registered to vote, the election will not be held in areas controlled by pro-Russian separatist rebels in the east.

President Poroshenko’s party is expected to get the largest share of  the vote, but it is not certain whether the party will be able to form a government on its own.

Other parties expected to win seats in the 450-member parliament include Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s Popular Front and the Fatherland party of Yulia Tymoshenko.

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