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Opposition Bloc faction expels Boyko, Lyovochkin

It also elected a new head.

Opposition Bloc faction expels Boyko, Lyovochkin
Vadym Novynskyy
Photo: Max Trebukhov

The Opposition Bloc, which is the successor to ex-President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions, has expelled senior MPs Yuriy Boyko and Serhiy Lyovochkin from its faction.

The two recently formed an alliance with the pro-opposition For Life party of Vadym Rabinovych and Viktor Medvedchuk.

The Opposition Bloc faction elected MP Vadym Novynskyy its chairman, its press service told Interfax-Ukraine.

The Opposition Bloc was set up on the debris of the Party of Regions in 2014 for the sole purpose of entering parliament. The Opposition Bloc, which received 9.43%, has two major shareholders – the groups of Rinat Akhmetov and Dmytro Firtash who split influence in half. The faction's co-chairmen were Oleksandr Vilkul and Yuriy Boyko, representing both groups respectively.

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