Tymoshenko, Lytvyn, and Our Ukraine won when they formed coalition

14:06, 10 December 2008
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Yushchenko and Yanukovych lost – political scientist

Victor Nebozhenko, head of Ukrainian Barometer sociological service, believes that, having elected Volodymyr Lytvyn as the Verkhovna Rada Speaker and with forming the coalition of three political forces, BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the eponymous Bloc Volodymyr Lytvyn, and Our Ukraine group won, while Victor Yushchenko and Victor Yanukovych lost.

V.Nebozhenko said this in his commentary to UNIAN news agency.

“Yesterday it was a strong victory of Tymoshenko, Lytvyn, and Our Ukraine, which found forces to try once again to gain power contrary to Yushchenko’s desire, and it was a big defeat for Yushchenko and Yanukovych”, the expert said.

According to him, on Tuesday Yulia Tymoshenko was the main epicenter, around which all political intrigues concentrated. “She had a choice – either to form a coalition with the Party of Regions, which demanded to refuse the Maydan ideals and to give them the economic power, but the most important was that they demanded a political reform, after which Yanukovych would become a President easily and without any risks and humiliations”, V.Nebozhenko said.

According to him, all these variants were unacceptable for Yulia Tymoshenko, and she turned to the opposite group – to Our Ukraine.

V.Nebozhenko pointed out that the President did his best to frustrate the union of ByUT and Our Ukraine, and the “main achievement” of Yushchenko in this sphere was that he headed the our Ukraine party, which allowed him building a wall between OU-PSD and BYuT.

“He easily left for Lithuania because he knew perfectly that without him OU-PSD would not move anywhere. But the developments were unexpected for the President: despite his fierce resistance, the majority of OU-PSD made another attempt to form a coalition with the Lytvyn’s Bloc and BYuT, and won”, V.Nebozhenko said.

The political scientist stressed that several weeks ago the President appointed himself as the OU-PSD leader, and yesterday he was removed from that post. “If the majority of the bloc moves against their leader, who did not want to form any union with BYuT and the Lytvyn’s Bloc, it means he’s not leader any more”, V.Nebozhenko said.

In his opinion, at present Victor Yushchenko is in a very difficult situation, because for the first time over many years he does not have any political organization to rely on. “There is a United Center, but it has its own leader, there are a few relatives and friends”, the expert noted.

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