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 Poroshenko Bloc rejects local coalitions with Opposition Bloc

Poroshenko Bloc will not form any coalition with Opposition Bloc.

This was announced by Poroshenko Bloc First Deputy Chairman Ihor Kononenko on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel, Censor.NET reports citing the party's press service.

"We cooperate with Batkivshchyna and also see Samopomich as our partners. We are open to other members of the democratic camp. No political challenges prevail at the local level, but administrative and economic," the parliamentarian said.

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According to Kononenko, Poroshenko Bloc is fully satisfied with the results of elections.

"We are satisfied with the results of the recent local elections. We came first in 15 regional councils and in Kyiv. But the really significant thing is that our political force made it to 100 percent of local councils in the Donetsk region and formed a faction there, as well as to more than 90 percent of local councils in the Luhansk region. Our party is also represented by more than a half of village and small town mayors in the Kharkiv region. The trend is that the elites of these regions change. They change gradually: may be not at the regional level first, but starting with village and small town councils. This is the trend of the recent local elections," Kononenko said.

He also noted the elections were held in compliance with democratic and European standards.

"The campaign in Ivano-Frankivsk was quite exponential, an example of a pro-European campaign - to take a mere fact that [mayoral candidate] Nasalyk publicly congratulated his opponent after the exit poll predictions became known, even before the announcement of preliminary results. This also signals the birth of normal world traditions in our country. In this sense, the elections in Ivano-Frankivsk can serve an example," the MP said.

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