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 Party of Regions Has 223 Deputies. Work is in Progress, Says Yefremov

Head of the Party of Regions in the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Yefremov claims to have 223 applications of the newly elected parliamentary deputies on joining the Party of Regions faction.

He mentioned this in an interview to the Day newspaper.

"Today, we have 223 declarations of deputies to join our faction. The work continues," he said.

Yefremov said that the number of seats that the Regions received upon the results of the parliamentary elections were fewer than expected. According to him, the party expected to get about 226 seats. "But we received less so today the work on forming the majority is being conducted. This will largely depend on the plurality candidates who have not decided yet," said the head of the current faction.

Replying to a question if he would like joining the Communist Party to the majority he said that he would like to join these political forces solely on program goals. However, he said that in the case of re-formatting the executive power and employing their members, then both parties will have to make concessions.

In addition, Yefremov wants to continue heading the faction in the parliament of the 7th convocation. Asked about the possibility that he will campaign for the post of the Speaker of Parliament in the next convocation he said: "I learned that part of the work which I was doing. It is big and complex. If my colleagues entrust me to continue working in this direction, my ambitions will be fully satisfied," he said.


 
 
 
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