Ukraine – Forward!
Published 14th October, 2012
Ukraine – Forward! was originally the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party (1998 – 2012) but changed its name in March 2012. Prior to that it can trace its history back to 1994 when the Party of Human Rights, Social Democratic Party of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Party of Justice combined to become the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party (USDP). They describe themselves as Social Democrats which would position them as centre-left. They are thought to be a pro-business party.
The USDP won 17 seats in the 450 seat Verkhovna Rada in 1998 but in 2002 the party joined forces with the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and won 24 seats.
The party continued the coalition with the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc through the 2006 and 2007 elections. The Bloc won 129 seats in 2006 and 156 seats in 2007 but we do not have any figures for the USDP share of those seats.
In 2011 a new leader was elected for the party, Natalia Korolevska but she was expelled from the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc after a falling out with the new leadership of the All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland”, the other half of the Bloc. As a result, in March 2012 the party withdrew from the Bloc and renamed itself Ukraine – Forward!