Ukraine

Ruling party ahead but down


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A poll by the Research and Branding Group suggests that President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions will be the largest party but with a much reduced representation after the 28th October general election.

With more than 58% of Ukrainians saying that they are not satisfied with life and the ongoing imprisonment of ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko creating international waves, the current government is struggling to keep its support. In 2007 the ruling Party of Regions took 34.37% whilst the recent poll suggests that they have just 21% support.

The All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland” (Batkivschyna Party) of Yulia Tymoshenko took 30.71% in 2007 and today it has 15.4% of the vote according to the survey.

Two other parties are expected to pass the 5% threshold to have representation in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine or parliament. The Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform, Vitali Klitschko or UDAR Party would take 11.4% of the vote. The party was formed in 2010 and elected former boxer and current WBC Heavyweight champion as its leader. Since 2010 the centre right party has resonated with voters and has continued to climb in the polls.

The other party which is currently on 8.6% of the vote is the Communist Party of Ukraine. In 2007 they took 5.39% of the vote.

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