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Opposition remains paralyzed

Since the court reached a guilty verdict on Oct. 11 in the Yulia Tymoshenko case, the ineptitude and clashing egos of the opposition have become even more evident. They talk a great deal about appealing to the European Court of Human Rights and plead their case to the international community for the cancellation of certain Ukrainian officials’ visas and “freezing” of their accounts. Yet they still fail to offer any specific vision as to the development of Ukraine. It results in popular distrust of the opposition and a low turnout at all opposition protests.

Moreover, opposition deputies are also seen as paralyzed and have stopped performing their duties as mandated by the people. For example, draft laws prepared by the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko faction (with 103 out of 450 members, the second largest in parliament) have amounted to under one third of all the draft laws submitted to Verkhovna Rada this year. Only 12 percent of all approved laws have been initiated by BYUT. The Our Ukraine–People’s Self-Defense Bloc contributed to the development of only 8 percent of the laws approved by parliament in the first half of this year.

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