Tymoshenko to Run for Presidency

Tymoshenko1Friday, March, 28, 2014,  08:52

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko intends to run for the presidency in an election that will be held on May 25. She made the formal announcement at a press conference on Thursday.

“I plan to run for president of Ukraine”, said Tymoshenko. “On March 29, I will ask the Batkivshchyna Party at the convention to officially nominate me for the highest office in the State,” she said. Continue reading

Ukrainians ready to change the balance of power in the Rada

Wednesday, March, 26, 2014, 18:45

According to data from a survey conducted by SOCIS, KIIS, Rating, and Rozumkov Centre, 65.8% of Ukrainians favor the holding of early parliamentary elections.

65.8% of respondents are for early parliamentary elections, 17.5 % – against it, 16.7 % – are undecided.

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Poroshenko takes the lead in the presidential race

poroWednesday, March, 26, 2014, 18:48

According to data from a survey conducted by SOCIS, KIIS, Rating, and Rozumkov Centre, Petro Poroshenko clearly leads in the presidential rating with more than twice as high a percentage as Vitali Klitschko and Yulia Tymoshenko.

According to reports, Ukrainians currently show very high level of electoral interest, with about 84 % of voters willing to participate in elections.

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Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine to hear challenge to presidential election and appointment of Acting President: ruling expected March 19

Left: Vladimir Putin, right: Viktor Medvedchuk

As of March 11, 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament’s decision to hold presidential election on May 25 of this year is coming under attack on two fronts. As reported by Espresso.TV, the first is a draft resolution registered in Parliament [on March 11, 2014] to postpone the election to December 7. The resolution is proposed by Eugene Murayev, a Member of Parliament with the Party of Regions who is considered to be a protégé of former Kharkiv Governor Mykhailo Dobkin. Opposition members have insisted that Murayev’s election in the Kharkiv oblast in 2012 stemmed from administrative pressure by Dobkin [who was Governor at the time but who announced in February that he intends to run in the presidential elections]. Dobkin, on the other hand, has long been considered to be an ally of Viktor Medvedchuk, [a pro-Russian oligarch and politician]. Continue reading

Poroshenko ahead of Klitschko in election polls

On the left – Kiltschko, on the right – Poroshenko

Interfax-Ukraine: Independent MP Petro Poroshenko would gain the most votes from the Ukrainian electorate if the presidential elections were to be conducted at the beginning of March, according to a poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology from February 28 to March 3 for a commercial client.

The number of those surveyed was 1,022 people.

Second in the poll came UDAR party leader Vitali Klitschko, and third was Batkivschyna all-Ukrainian union leader and ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko. Continue reading

Legal experts: Yanukovych’s ‘initiative’ to hold early presidential elections can only be carried out after his resignation

Serhiy Sachenko, Jurliga

Viktor Yanukovych published a statement on his website today confirming his agreement to hold early presidential elections. However, in order to carry this out, he must first meet some legal requirements.

Legal experts at Liga Zakon agency analyzed yesterday’s statement, in which Yanukovych agreed to hold early presidential elections. Their verdict is simple: the legal implementation of this initiative is only possible after his resignation from office. Such a resignation becomes legal only after the president personally announces it during a session of the Verkhovna Rada, as set forth in Article 109 of the Constitution of Ukraine. Verkhovna Rada’s approval of the resignation is not required.

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Yanukovych announced that early elections will be held: official announcement

1620387_235447913305685_1459552656_nYanukovych did not name the date of these elections. Besides, Yanukovych initiated the return to the 2004 Constitution and called upon the forming of the government of national trust.

The President of Ukraine is initiating early presidential elections, according to the appeal the head of government issued on Friday 21 February. The appeal was published on on the head of government’s official website. Continue reading