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Opposition Parties Unite For Ukrainian Election

The parties of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (left) and ex-parliamentary speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk are among those which will be joining forces in upcoming elections.
The parties of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (left) and ex-parliamentary speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk are among those which will be joining forces in upcoming elections.
Six opposition parties in Ukraine have announced that they will join forces for parliamentary elections in October in order to challenge President Viktor Yanukovych's grip on power.

Two of the six parties -- Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) and the Front of Changes -- are considered the most powerful opposition forces.

Batkivshchyna is led by jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko while the Front of Changes is led by former parliamentary speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Half of the Verkhovna Rada's 450 seats will go to politicians elected on party tickets.

The other half will be selected in individual races.

Yatsenyuk told journalists on April 23 that Tymoshenko's party will take the Front of Changes' votes in the proportional ballot.

He also said that the two parties will agree on individual candidates they will support.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and AP
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by: Jack from: US
April 24, 2012 02:08
how fascinating..
one short question though: does anyone actually care about what is happening on the Ukraine? for all intents and purposes the Ukraine fell into complete oblivion and joined ranks of fourth-grade third-world countries like Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, which no one knows or cares about. Russia already redirected most of its gas supplies to flow through Belarus, and after completion of South Stream one can put a finishing cross on the Ukraine and its destitute population
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by: Andrew from: New Zealand
May 05, 2012 23:10
Yes. People do care about Ukraine.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
April 24, 2012 09:10
One could actually call a fact that at least two major leaders of the Ukrainian opposition (Julia and Yacenyuk) managed to achieve an agreement an "achievement" for the opposition, but there still are two major "buts" here.
(a) The most important thing for Yacenyuk in this configuration is to guarantee that Julia sits in prison as long as possible, because with her being imprisoned, he will remain the only major opposition leader active and in liberty. So, this element creates a solid basis for a silent allience between Yacenyuk and Yanukovich to keep Julia behind the bars - which in the medium term will end up spoiling relations between these two major components of the opposition (Byut and the Front of Change) - something similar already happened in the days of the duumvirat of Yushchenko and Julia;
(b) a number of other leaders of the opposition with electoral potential - such as Tyagnibok (nationalist right-wing), Klichko (a famous boxer who absolutely needs to become a mayor of Kiev, probably just to see that governing and boxing still remain two different things :-), and the very same Yushchenko and his party (who incredibly but true still have some potential of making it into the next Rada) - have NO INTENTION to allign themselves with the Julia-Yacenyuk alliance. Which will obviously make it very difficult for the opposition to achieve anything in their fight against the rather monolithic Party of Regions of Yanukovich.
On the contrary, Yanoukovich will still be able to play the opposition leaders against each other (as he has very successful done in the past playing Julia against Yushchenko and vice versa). So, it remains to be seen whether the announced alliance of the two will bring the Ukrainian opposition any closer to regaining the lost influence over the country.

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