Published 14th October, 2012
“Our Ukraine” was formally known as the People’s Union “Our Ukraine” until 2009 and was founded by former president Viktor Yushchenko in 2005. The party describes itself as centre-right and believes in Conservatism, Liberal conservatism, Liberal nationalism, Economic liberalism and Pro-Europeanism.
“Our Ukraine” is, in effect, the majority party of the Our Ukraine–People’s Self-Defense Bloc which has been around since 2011 and was a crucial component of the Orange Revolution of 2004. The Bloc fought the 2002 general election and won 111 of the 450 seats in the Verkhovna Rada.
In 2004 during the presidential elections the Orange Revolution took place against what many saw as flagrant electoral fraud and in a third round of voting
In the elections of 2006 the party Viktor Yushchenko was elected president; he was to remain president until 2010 but slumped to fifth place in that election.
In 2006 the now called “Our Ukraine” Bloc won 81 seats and in 2007 that dropped to 72 seats. The Bloc at that stage consisted of the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists, People’s Movement of Ukraine,
Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Ukraine, Party of Christian Democratic Union, People’s Union Our Ukraine and the Ukrainian Republican Party “Assembly”.
In 2007 the coalition cobbled together by Viktor Yanukovych collapsed and the Bloc formed a coalition with the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc. Bad blood between the then Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and President Viktor Yushchenko damaged the reputation of the Orange Revolution parties but especially the president.
The 2010 presidential election was disastrous for the president and the party and it has not yet recovered. In 2011 a new law was introduced that prevente the participation of Blocs in future elections.
Although the party has decided to fight the campaign alone, it has merged with the Ukrainian People’s Party and the Congress of Ukrainian nationalists but opinion polls suggest it will not cross the 5% threshold for parliamentary representation.
The “Our Ukraine” is an observer member of the European People’s Party (EPP).