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Ukraine’s 2010 Presidential Election: Yulia Tymoshenko

2. October 2009 by Gregg 0 Comments

Yulia Tymoshenko is the current Prime Minister of Ukraine, heading the All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland" party and will be running for the position of Ukraine’s President in the early 2010 elections.

Having served in Parliament previously, as the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Energy, Yulia Tymoshenko was quickly picked for her expertise and support by Vikor Yuschenko after his election to President in 2004. She was fired, along with the majority of her Government and many of Yushchenko's former Orange Revolution supporters by him just over a year later, citing corruption and bad decisions.

Tymoshenko spent the better part of the rest of 2005 and early 2006 touring the country to raise support to put her back into power and during the 2006 Parliamentary elections came out extremely strongly but lost the Prime Minister position to the exceedingly popular Viktor Yanukovych of the Party of Regions.

In 2007, Ukraine had the latest in a series of political power struggles as the President again dissolved Parliament and after an agreement between various factions a new election was called with Yulia Tymoshenko emerging victorious.

Yulia Tymoshenko is rather unpopular with Russia, opposing the adoption of Russian as an official language in Ukraine and having authored an article criticizing Vladimir Putin in the international journal “Foreign Affairs”. She is in favor of Ukraine joining the EU and NATO and has been noted as being one of the most powerful women in the world three times by Forbes Magazine.