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Ukraine’s Presidential Candidates Face Lack of Support from Former Rivals

22. January 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments

As Ukraine heads into its final round of voting, a surprising series of events have taken place. Three well known “3rd Party” candidates, having lost in the first round of voting have declined to give endorsements to either of the remaining candidates, Yulia Tymoshenko and Viktor Yanukovich.

 

Ukrainian millionaire Sergei Tigipko, whose 13% of the vote was not enough to take him to the second round of voting declined to give either candidate his endorsement, despite a promise from what may be the first Ukrainian lady to be named President, Yulia Tymoshenko to name him as her Prime Minister.

 

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who came in fourth place, has refused to offer any endorsement and current President Viktor Yushchenko also refused to endorse either candidate, stating that “Ukraine has free elections but no genuine choice . . . I do not see fundamental differences between the two candidates.”

 

Russia has already begun plans to send an Ambassador to Ukraine to work with the new President, whoever he or she may be. Russia had previously withdrawn their Ambassador in the summer of 2009, in protest of Yushchenko’s anti-Russian policies and support for the country of Georgia during the military skirmish in South Ossetia during 2008.