October 26, 2014 / 8:06 PM / 3 years ago

Ukraine president hails support for peace plan, pro-West course

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (R) casts a ballot during a parliamentary election at a polling station in Kiev, in this October 26, 2014 handout photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service.Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Mikhail Palinchak/Handout via Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) - President Petro Poroshenko said Ukrainians had shown they back his plan to end a separatist conflict, democratic reforms and his pro-Western course in a parliamentary election on Sunday.

In a statement published on the presidential website after exit polls showed the Poroshenko Bloc and other pro-Europe forces had dominated the election, he thanked voters for backing a "democratic, reformist, pro-Ukrainian and pro-European majority".

"The majority of voters were in favour of the political forces that support the president's peace plan and seek a political solution to the situation in the Donbass (region of east Ukraine)," the statement said.

Reporting By Timothy Heritage; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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