Yushchenko not to support either candidate in runoff

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Jan. 23, 2010, 2:05 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Outgoing Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko won't support either of the candidates, former pime minister Victor Yanukovych or Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko,in the second round ofUkraine's presidential elections scheduled for Feb. 7. Yushchenko announced this on Inter TV channel on Friday evening. "I will tick off the third option - do not support either of the candidates," said the president. At the same time, Yushchenko said that this was his personal opinion.
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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 2:58 p.m.    

Ukraine decided not to support him either.

Do not be fooled by Yushchenko's lies. Yushchenko, by advocating a non vote or "Against all" vote, is effectively supporting Yanukovych Election.

He hopes that if enough people vote against all he will remain president. If Yanukovych wins yet is stilll below 50% of the votes cast Yushchenko will challenge the result in Ukraine's Constitutional Court in a desperate attempt to cling on to power for as long as he can.

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 4:36 p.m.    

Any such attempt to retain power by someone who has been thoroughly rejected by 95% of the population would not be wise. Then, again, we are talking about Yushchenko.

First, the EU and his USA masters would drop support for him if he tried it since it would severely destabilize the country. It would also prove beyond a doubt that Yushchenko is anti-democratic.

For Russia a destabilized Ukraine could be an ideal scenario.

Tymoshenko and Yanukovich would also be furious and would have their supporters in the streets.

Yushchenko's best move is to just go quietly and now.

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 11:52 p.m.    

I wouldn't support neither also because both are so corrupted its not even cool. Both candidates are puppets of Putin

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Anonymous Jan. 24, 2010, 2:56 a.m.    

A "no vote" is in effect a vote for Yanukovych. Those seeking to do so must understand that by listening to Yushchenko they will be ensuring a Yanukovych victory. The most important thing is that their vote in an informed decision.

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Anonymous Jan. 24, 2010, 2:51 a.m.    

Personally I would not support any Presidential candidate either. Power should not lie in the hands of one individual. Ukraine should scrap the presidential system and adopt the recommendation contained in the report, dated April 17, by the Parliamentary Assemble of the Council of Europe and become a full parliamentary democracy in line with European Standards and European values. Ukraine's head of state, like Estonia and Latvia and a host of other EU states including the EU itself should be elected by a constitutional majority of Ukraine's Parliament with cross factional support. The presidential system has failed Ukraine and will continue to do so. No matter who is elected Ukraine will remain divided.

The only good to come from this election is the removal of Yushchenko from office.

But given that Ukraine has an undemocratic presidential system in place they must now decide which one they will support. Yushchenko is advocating a no vote/Against all option knowing full well that in doing so he is helping Yanukovych to be elected and as such fulfilling the agreement of understanding he has made.

The Venice commission had recommended that the "Against all" option be removed from the ballot. All up less then 4% of Ukraine supported this option when casting their ballot in the first round.

2.2% Against all

1.6% informal vote

and 0.16% for Vasyl Protyvsikh.

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Anonymous Jan. 25, 2010, 1:18 a.m.    

Let*s make our great National Hero's grandson Stepan Bandera jr president of Ukraine !!!

Slava Ykraini!! Herojam Slava!!

Bandera Heroj Ykraini!!

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