Process of unification of opposition finished, says Yatseniuk

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July 4, 2012, 3:11 p.m. |

Arseniy Yatseniuk, has said that the process of the unification of the opposition is over.
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Head of the united opposition and the leader of the Front for Change Party, Arseniy Yatseniuk, has said that the process of the unification of the opposition is over.

"We've finished the formation of a powerful united Ukrainian opposition on the basis of the Batkivschyna Party," he said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.

"Of course we may consider the possible membership of other people's deputies, but, speaking about the political unification of the political forces, we have done this. Not many people expected such results, but we did it, we united and today, in fact, we represent a political force and political leaders capable of fighting the regime of [Ukrainian] President [Viktor] Yanukovych, the Regions Party, and the satellites that are supporting his regime today," the politician said.

"Today Ukraine has a bipolar political model - Yanukovych with his supporters, and the united opposition - I mean Batkivschyna," Yatseniuk said.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine July 4, 2012, 8:13 p.m.    

Lytvyn is part if the problem. His resignation is tokenism. Hopefully he will not be re-elected to office if he has not struck a deal with one of the major parties he will not hold office after the next election.

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Roman Dawydiak July 5, 2012, 3:19 a.m.    

It is highly unlikely that Volodymyr Lytvyn will play any major role in the new Verkhovna Rada. His Party will only run candidates in single member constituencies as they will not be able to garner sufficient votes to enter the VR as a single Party. This includes Lytvyn. This is also the major reason why Lytvyn has objected to the language bill introduced by the POR. His constituency is dominated by Ukrainian language speakers and as such he cannot afford to alienate them whatever the cost. His only other alternative was to join the POR as the Opposition would not have him. He refused to do so. As a result he is now beholden to the the people who elected him.

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Roman Dawydiak July 5, 2012, 3:07 a.m.    

Arseniy Yatseniuk should measure his words with greater care. The united Opposition is nearing completion. It is not yet complete. Although discussions with Vitaliy Klychko's Udar Party is in its final stages formal unification has not been achieved in the present format. There is also a lesser matter of including Natalia Korolevska and her grouping. Once these issues have been successfully negotiated the path forward will be much clearer for all to see.

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