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legislative regulation of opposition rights and obligations (through a number
of Verkhovna Rada committees) could substantially improve the political balance
in Ukraine and prevent the monopolization of power by any one political party.

In Ukraine, as compared
to Great Britain for example, the leader of the opposition party or coalition
has no official status, obligations or duties.

They are not obliged by
law to develop and promote alternative policies. This means that the legal
status of the Ukrainian opposition does not involve obligation to develop
political and administrative alternatives, making it a practically useless
element in terms of governance and state regulation. This appears to be one of
major obstacles to the establishment of a cohesive political field and general
accountability of both government and opposition. At the same time the
situation fosters conditions for the development of empty populism within the
opposition. Under Ukrainian legislation opposition have zero obligations and
can throw as many populist promises around as they like. 

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