Ukrainians in Estonia Back Tilt to West in Election ({{commentsTotal}})


Around 4,000 Ukrainians living in Estonia were registered to vote in the Ukrainian parliamentary election over the weekend, with most saying they backed proposed reform measures and a shift towards the West.

“The hope of change, turn towards the European Union and to completely change out the people in the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament),” one voter said, on why he was voting for President Petro Poroshenko's party.

Another said eliminating corruption is the main priority.

After Estonians and Russians, Ukrainians are the third largest ethnic group in Estonia, with the 2011 population census putting the number of Ukrainians at 22,302.

ERR's Astrid Kannel, who is in Kyiv, said the current coalition of Poroshenko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk are likely to continue, as there is essentially no opposition.

Exit polls showed that Poroshenko ’s party did receive overwhelming support, reported the Wall Street Journal today. That would allow it would form a coalition with other pro-European parties, which together appear set to hold a large majority in the chamber for the first time.

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