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Ukraine’s 2010 Presidential Election: Arseniy Yatsenyuk

5. October 2009 by Gregg 0 Comments

The dark-horse candidate in the upcoming 2010 Ukrainian Presidential Election is Arseniy Yatsenyuk, former Ukrainian Minister of Economy and Speaker of Parliament. At 35, he is the youngest of the candidates and only this year eligible for election to the position.

Unlike many of the other candidates, Yatsenyuk had no involvement in the Orange Revolution that surrounded the 2004 election. Not entering National politics until late 2005, Arseniy Yatsenyuk spent much of his early professional life in the banking industry and local Crimean politics until serving as Minister of economy under Yuriy Yekhanurov.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned from his post as Speaker of Parliament in late 2008, claiming he was forced to for being “too independent as a speaker” and later forming his own political organization “Front of Changes” to effect overhauls in Ukraine’s political system.

Yatsenyuk seems to be running on a largely economic basis, promising to pull Ukraine out of its economic downturn using his experience as head of the National bank. He is estimated to be the 3rd most popular candidate in the race with 12-13% of the vote.