Sylna Ukrayina party to support Tihipko in presidential elections

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Nov. 28, 2009, 7:46 p.m. | Politics — by Ukrainian News
The Sylna Ukraina party (formerly known as the Labor Party) has decided to support its leader Serhii Tihipko in the 2010 presidential elections. The relevant decision was adopted at the party's tenth congress, which is taking place in Kyiv on Saturday, November 28.

In his address to the congress, Tihipko promised to do everything possible to win the presidential elections.

"I promise to do everything to make it into the second round and win," Tihipko said.

According to him, 25-30% of voters have not yet made their decision and it is specifically on them that he is counting.

Tihipko also said that it was necessary to prepare for local elections because development of local self-government is the future.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Labor Party has decided to rename itself as the Sylna Ukraina party.

The Labor Party elected Tihipko to replace Dmytro Syrota as its leader on Saturday.

The main items on the agenda of the congress are the name of the party, a new version of its statutes, a new version of its program, its manifesto, and support for Tihipko's candidacy in the 2010 presidential elections.

The Central Electoral Commission registered Tihipko as a presidential candidate on October 27.

Campaigning in the 2010 presidential elections began on October 19; the presidential elections are scheduled for January 17, 2010.
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Anonymous Nov. 30, 2009, 12:44 a.m.    

Just because 25% (Disputable) have not made up their mind) does not mean they will back a single candidate. Tihipko is on 4.5% of the vote is ahead of Yushchenko but behind the Communist Party, Lytvyn, Yatseniuk, Yulia and Yanukovych. Under Ukraine's flawed two round first-past-the-post voting system only the two highest polling candidates progress to the second round of voting.

The Ukrainian Labor Party does not command a huge support base.

Tihipko's policies announced to data are not impressive. In the end it should not matter who is elected President. The president should not have any power.

With just over 45 days to go the good news is Tihipko's candidacy along with Yatseniuk and others well prevent Yushchenko being re-elected to a second term. The battle of personalities and those with wealth.

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