NEWS ITEM: The 2012 parliamentary election campaign kicked off this
week, featuring congresses of the ruling Party of the Regions and the
United Opposition, among others. The Regions congress had tight,
airport-style security, and forced journalists to cover the event from
inside a press room. The delegates voted unanimously for unknown
candidates (picked by party leaders) in a Soviet-style ceremony. The
United Opposition’s congress was more open, but the list of candidates
was also kept secret until the actual congress, where the names were
read out loud.
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