Center and West of Ukraine looking for new leaders

The Company on 31 October in Ukraine held elections to local authorities. According to the exit poll, conducted by GFK, a three-percent barrier was overcome by six political forces.

The leaders of the race were controlled by the prime minister Mykola Azarov Party of Regions (36.2%), "Fatherland" Yulia Tymoshenko (13.1%) and "Front of Changes" Arseniy Yatseniuk (6.8%). Communist Party gained 5.9%, 5.1% — nationalist party "Svoboda" Oleg Tyagnibok, 4.3% — "Strong Ukraine" Sergei Tigipko.

The results of the local elections in Ukraine, we were asked to comment on the political analyst Vitaly Portnikava.

Portnikov: Preliminary results are known, they mean the victory of the Party of Regions of Ukraine in the East and the victory of the party "Freedom" in the West. Such a result could have been predicted on the eve of the election. This result is explained not only by the weakening of the party "Fatherland" Yulia Tymoshenko and those of campaigning. In two regions of Ukraine, where the party Rodina had the strongest position, she did not participate in the elections because of the registration of regional organizations led by leaders who were expelled from the party.

There was also a lot of other technologies that are unlikely to allow us to call elections transparent. However, the main lesson of the election is not the point.

It is that, first of all voters in the East of Ukraine continue to hope for the Party of Regions, it has not yet exhausted its limit of hope. And in the center and the West began searching for new political forces, except for "Homeland," and that explains the strengthening of the nationalist party "Freedom" Oleg Tyagnibok.

Drakakhrust: And what is the fate of the unit of former President Viktor Yushchenko's "Our Ukraine"?

Portnikov: It sunk — like once said Russian President Vladimir Putin on the submarine "Kursk". The popularity of Viktor Yushchenko zero. That rating, which he demonstrated in the last election, was rated the incumbent. After he lost his power, his party disappeared from the political scene.

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