Oct 29, 2014

Crimean Tatars: Disappointment at Limited Representation in the Ukrainian Parliament

As the results of the recent Ukrainian parliamentary elections become clearer, the Crimean Tatars will have limited representation in the new Ukrainian Parliament. Crimean Tatar leader, Mustafa Jemilev, will enter the parliament as he was 5th in the list of President Poroshenko’s bloc. Refat Chubarov, head of the Mejlis, the executive representative body of the Crimean Tatars, appears not to have been elected to the Parliament, as he was placed 71st on the list of Petro Poroshenko’s bloc.

Below is an article compiled from: Crimean News Agency: Article 1 and Article 2


Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev, who is number five on a list of the Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc is expected to become a member of Ukrainian Parliament. As for the head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, who sits 71th in the list, he may not get through.

Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people is not satisfied with the fact that there is a small amount of Crimean Tatars who entered Ukrainian Parliament, after parliamentary elections took place Oct 26 [2014].

“There are enough Crimeans in the Parliament, still there is a small amount of Crimean Tatars, Mejlis representatives, who played and are playing a great role in Ukrainian and Crimean politics”- deputy head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzhelal said to QHA correspondent. 

“As for Refat Chubarov, one of the most influential politicians of Crimea, who managed to control the situation in Crimea during the hot months (March-April 2014, when Crimean referendum was held-,ed.) he was put number 71 in the list of Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc”- Dzhelal stressed.

“There is a claim on those people who determined the sequence of the candidates in the list [of MP candidates]”- Dzhelal summed up.

“Only one (Mustafa Jemilev-ed) enters Ukrainian Parliament”- Chubarov said to QHA correspondent.

His statement comes as 84.27% of electronic votes have already been calculated in Ukraine. 

According to the results of the electronic voting, The People’s Front of Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk got 21.94% of the vote, Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc – 21.61%, the Association Samopomoshch – 11.04%, Opposition Bloc – 9.53%, Radical Party – 7.43%, Batkivshchina – 5.68%.