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Ukrainian Politician Runs "Against All"

8. January 2010 by Daniel 0 Comments

As anticipation builds toward Ukraine’s presidential elections next week, many have expressed dissatisfaction with all of the major candidates running for the government’s top spot.

 

Rather than cast a vote for Viktor Yanukovych or Yulia Tymoshenko or any of the more than 10 candidates in the race, voters have the option of marking their ballot with a cross symbol – indicating that they are against all of the candidates. That fact is what one Ukrainian politician in the race is hoping will propel him into office.

 

Vasyl Humeniuk, who is among the lesser known candidates in the presidential race, is officially running under the name Vasyl Protyvsikh – which in Ukrainian means Vasyl “Against All.”

 

The veteran politician who heads the chamber of commerce in the small town of Ivano-Frankivsk, says he is a better representative of everyday Ukrainians than the other top politicians in the race.

 

“I have now been watching for 19 years how the elite is ripping Ukraine off,” he said. “It is time for a man of the people to take charge.”

 

While intriguing, Humeniuk’s “Against All” bid appears to be a long-shot as opinion polls have consistently shown Yanukovych and Tymoshenko as the top two potential vote-getters.

 

The election is scheduled to take place Jan. 17, with the results announced Jan. 27. In the likely event that no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held, likely in February, between the top two candidates.

 

Source: Financial Times (UK)