Local elections show East-West split in Ukraine

While governing coalition is still dominant in western and central part of Ukraine, most of the eastern and southern part of the country choose Opposition Bloc, influenced by former pro-Russia president

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Ukrainian citizens vote at a polling station in the Ukrainian Embassy in Minsk on Oct. 26, 2014.

Updated Oct 29, 2015

Despite great disappointment in Poroshenko’s government, four exit polls from Ukraine’s local elections showed on Monday that the governing coalition still has kept its dominant position in the west and centre regions of the country. 

The opposition Bloc was favoured in the south and the east, they were under the influence of the party of the former pro-Russia president, who had been taken down in early 2014, following months of protests that occupied the streets.

The Central Committee says that it has received just 30 percent of the vote count since Monday morning.

Nationwide elections for more than 10,700 local councils and majors were held everywhere, except in parts of Ukraine controlled by pro-Russia rebels, namely Donetsk and Luhansk regions. 

Voting has been cancelled at the last in minute in Maripol and Krasnoarmiisk which is nearby, due to controversies involving businessman Rinat Akhmetov.

Ukrainian politicans are concerned that Ukraine has been removed from the global radar. The country is still the second poorest country in Europe and the eastern part of the country which is controlled by pro-Russia rebels. 

Politicians were mostly worried about the economic and security situation in Mariupol, which is very important for the industrial production of the east.

In January, Mariupol was hit by a mortar and rocket attack and 31 people had been killed while more than 100 had been injured.

TRTWorld and agencies