Yanukovych leads presidential public opinion poll on 28% to Yushchenko’s 15%

June 21, 2007

Source: UNIAN

According to a recent opinion poll published on Thursday 27.6% of those polled would support Ukraine’s Prime-minister, Viktor Yanukovych, as preferred president whilst 15.4% support the current president, Viktor Yushchenko.

The poll comes at the beginning of a long political campaign leading up to the September 30 parliamentary election, which was called for by the president, sparking the most serious constitutional crisis since Ukraine became an independent nation.

The polls reflects pretty much the same division of the parliament shows that Ukraine remains divided and that the president’s support has not improved as result of the current crisis.

The same poll places Yulia Tymoshenko in third place at 13%. Of those polled 15% could not decide.

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Yanukovych leads presidential public opinion poll on 28% to Yushchenko’s 15%

June 21, 2007

Source: UNIAN

According to a recent opinion poll published on Thursday 27.6% of those polled would support Ukraine’s Prime-minister, Viktor Yanukovych, as preferred president whilst 15.4% support the current president, Viktor Yushchenko.

The poll comes at the beginning of a long political campaign leading up to the September 30 parliamentary election, which was called for by the president, sparking the most serious constitutional crisis since Ukraine became an independent nation.

The polls reflects pretty much the same division of the parliament shows that Ukraine remains divided and that the president’s support has not improved as result of the current crisis.

The same poll places Yulia Tymoshenko in third place at 13%. Of those polled 15% could not decide.


Moroz must come out from the cold Its time to begin the campaign and fight the good fight

June 21, 2007

Olexandr Moroz is Ukraine’s truest defender of democracy. His fight and opposition to the Ukraine’s president’s unjust attack on democracy in Ukraine is correct in so far as he criticisms the actions of the president and seeks to hold the rule of law and Ukraine’s Constitution.

The time has come for Moroz, whilst maintaining his principle opposition to the president’s actions, to fulfill the terms of the agreements reached in May 2007.

The longer Moroz continues to pursue the idea of reinstating democratic parliamentary rule via the back door the more he allows himself to be portrayed in a negative light.

Moroz has bigger fish to fry and he should get on with the positive aspects of his concerns and defend the virtues of a parliamentary democracy rule of law as opposed to a return to the dark days of governance by presidential directorial decree.

The suggestion or notion that vacancies arising from the resignation of opposition members should be filled by dissident remnants of the previously registered party list is counter productive.

President Yushchenko and members of the opposition, having manufactured the recent political crisis following division within his own party, are now seeking to incorrectly place blame and responsibility for the crisis on to the parliamentary system. This is clearly a misrepresentation, boarding on an outright lie, presented by the presidential camp who continue to shift focus away from the divisions within the opposition forces.

There are many more examples of successful parliamentary democracies in the world then there are Presidential systems. All of the former Eastern European Countries that are now members of the EU are all successful Parliamentary democracies.

Ukraine has only been a true democracy for one year before the president’s lust for power saw the president act unconstitutionally to usurp power and authority where he had none.

Moroz must seek to highlight the positives and gains of the parliamentary system and denounce the negatives of the proposals put forward by the presidential camp. He must dispel the notion and falsehood that the president is acting democratically, he most certainly is not. He mus highlight the dictatorial nature and the attack on Ukraine’s democratic development and expose Viktor Yushchenko’s actions for what they are a lust for presidential power


Moroz Ups the Anti – Parliamentary Democracy Versus Presidential Dictatorship

June 21, 2007

Olexandr Moroz has upped the anti and is began a campaign of defence by going on the attack.

Backed by the European PACE report, which recommends that Ukraine adopt a fuel parliamentary system in line with other European States, Moroz has come out with the intention of challenging directly the proposals being put forward by the President’s camp to wind back the clock and re-instate a US style presidential system.

The current political crisis is a power struggle between the parliamentary democracy versus presidential dictatorship.

The opposition are enthusiastically trying to promote themselves as being the democratic forces (which by implication falsely implies that the governing coalition are not democratic) The same goes for the pro-west label.

Moroz attack in defence of Ukraine’s parliamentary democracy could be a winner if he is able to sell his message.

Most Ukrainians are in favour of the parliamentary system and there is a high awareness of the fact that European Countries are all based on the parliamentary model.

Break-away dissident groups such as the “Peoples self-defence party” headed by Lutsenko are advocating a return to presidential rule, They are trying to place the blame for the current crisis on amendments to Ukraine’s Constitution that were adopted back in 2004 as part of the political agreement to hold fresh presidential elections.

The presidential/opposition forces misleading state that the changes were adopted in hast. But in n reality the shift to a parliamentary model had been discussed extensively over years. Many of the problems that have been identified with Ukraine’s constitution where in the previous constitution and are not unique to the current version.

The European Venice Commission in reviewing Ukraine’s constitution identified concern and PACE had expressed opposition to the “Imperative Mandate” provisions in Ukraine’s Constitution stating that these provisions are undemocratic. The very provisions that Yushchenko and the opposition are now trying defend.

Lutsenko, who is advocating a return to presidential authority, claims that Ukraine’s history and culture is best suited to a presidential model. Lutsenko is of the belief that Ukrainians need to be dominated by a Tsar/King like figure a return to the days of serfdom where the supreme ruler rules.

Lutsenko has also proposed that Ukraine adopt a first-past-the-post voting system similar to the outdated voting system used in England, Canada and the United States (Canada and England are debating the need for change). First-past-the-post voting systems were designed in the days when the people could not read or write and the level of education was low. First=past-the-post voting systems are certainly not democratic.

Whilst Ukraine’s constitution is in need for further reform the decision of the Presidential opposition forces to wind back the clock as opposed to moving forward will make any reform that much more difficult.

Moroz campaign of defence of Ukraine’s parliamentary system will make constitutional change that much harder as the battle lines between president and the peoples parliament are drawn.

The other sleeping issue yet to play out is what will Yulia Tymoshenko’s position be after the election? We have seen in the past that Yulia policy change as quick as the seasons past.

Yulia’s quest to become prime-minister is under challenged not by the governing coalition but within the opposition forces themselves. If an alliance is formed between the peoples self-0defence party and the Our Ukraine bloc then Yulia could very well find that she is left the loser not a winner once again. Polls have Our Ukraine (With PSDP) and Yulia neck and neck. Under an agreement reached the party that secures the most votes will have the right to nominate who will become prime-minister. And Yulia’s party has been dropping as support drifts to the Our Ukraine bloc. Yulia has been uncharacteristically quite of late which may account for the drop in the polls. If Yulia manages to come up on top and is appointed Prime-minister how long will it be before she realized that power should not be transferred back into the hands of a presidential dictator.