Tymoshenko is looking for allies among the rating rivals

  • Tymoshenko is looking for allies among the rating rivals

Kyiv: The leader of the Batkivshchyna party, Yulia Tymoshenko, said that she was open for cooperation with the Self-Help Party and potential opponents in the upcoming presidential election by Anatoly Gritsenko and Svyatoslav Vakarchuk. She stated this at a press conference in Lviv.

“We are ready to cooperate with the“ Samopomich ”party, with Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, if he goes into politics, with the“ Civic stand ”of Anatoly Gritsenko. We strive to unite all democratic forces in our work in Ukraine. We are striving to create a common, strong national team with the right strategy and results, ” Tymoshenko quoted her press office on the official Batkivshchyna party website.

However, she said that it is worth assessing the support of political forces according to the results of local elections, and, accordingly, to such an idea, she and her team "will win in both the presidential and parliamentary elections."

The Mirror of the Week edition close to Anatoly Gritsenko reminds us that according to the latest sociological polls the leader of the Civic Position party Anatoliy Gritsenko and the leader of Batkivshchyna Yulia Tymoshenko have the greatest chances of winning the pairs among four potential candidates. In the case of a struggle between Gritsenko and Tymoshenko, the leader of the Civil Position is ahead of the leader of Batkivshchyna.

Earlier it was reported that the political parties "Democratic Alliance" and "Union" Samopomich "will jointly participate in future presidential, parliamentary and local elections.

On Thursday, November 1, the next meeting of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine was held, which was held by its chairman Tatyana Slipachuk. In addition to questions about the December elections in selected United Territorial Communities (UTO), the CEC made a first decision on the upcoming presidential elections in the country in the spring of next year. 

The Central Election Commission decided: to submit to the Cabinet of Ministers the question of how to finance the production of the registered lists of voters and nominal invitations for voting in the presidential elections in Ukraine.

Comment from Front News International

The cooperation of parties and candidates ideologically close to each other is a world practice. In Ukraine, it is most often manifested in parliamentary elections. The leaders of the allied parties, which intend to form a ruling coalition in the new parliament, secretly agree to refuse to distribute compromising evidence against each other and try not to run for candidates in majoritarian districts if the allies have a higher-rated competitor in the district.

However, the experience of the past shows, once and for all, as soon as confusion and vacillation begins in the camp of national Democrats, either the communists or the local “young oligarchs”, formally non-partisan, who in the new parliament were included in the camp of the winners, most often in the Party of Regions .

More difficult with the presidential election. And not only because “where there are two Ukrainians, but there are also three hetmans”. In the world, the usual practice after the defeat in the first round is to call on your party congregation to give a vote for one candidate or another. But in 2010, when Tymoshenko and Yanukovich came to the second round of the presidential campaign, some (Like Viktor Yushchenko) called for voting “against both candidates”, and those who received silver and bronze in the first round — Sergey Tigipko and Arseny Yatsenyuk— said nothing prevented the same Tigipko from becoming vice-premier in the Cabinet of Ministers of Azarov under the presidency of Yanukovych.

What about the cooperation of the candidates before the first round? The practice of the boundaries of Party primaries has not yet taken root. The only, albeit unsuccessful, but still, the experience of nominating one of the groups, was recorded in the 1999 presidential election in the light of the phenomenon of the so-called Kanevskaya Quartet, when Alexander Moroz, Evgeny Marchuk, Alexander Tkachenko and Vladimir Oliynyk agreed to name it at the last moment. a single candidate, but suspicion, mistrust, intrigues and the influence of the administration of Kuchma destroyed the interesting initiative.

If in this case, Yulia Tymoshenko counts on the fact that the same Anatoly Gritsenko will leave the distance in its favour, then this will probably not be. The post of Defense Minister with support in the second round is unlikely to be satisfactory. He was already in charge of the power department. More recently, the leader of the "Fatherland" (listening to the call of one more contender for Bankovaya - Dmitry Dobrodomov - to declare the names of their key ministers in advance) said that the military office, in case of her election victory, would be occupied by her one-party Andrei Senchenko.

It is interesting that why Yulia Tymoshenko, counting on cooperation with "Self-help", did not mention the names of the leader of the party-the Lviv mayor-Andrei Sadovy, who, judging by the billboards "-" Next ", also took control of the presidents?

So far, of course, there are more questions to potential presidents than answers. And although officially the presidential campaign will start on December 31, we will expect that at the upcoming party congresses one of the main issues will be not only the correction of its own program ideology under the realities of today but also the search for allies if not for the creation of a single platform, an optimal algorithm of behaviour after the first round of elections, which will be held in Ukraine on March 31, 2019. The fact that we have two rounds of voting - there are no doubts.

Alexander Voronin, FNI

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