Monday, October 27, 2014

Ukraine elections force Communist party out of Parliament

According to the exit poll data and the first results unveiled by Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission, as of October 27, 2014, the Communist party has been expelled from the Ukrainian Parliament. The outcome of the elections is in line with the democratic values, for which Ukrainians fought and died during the popular revolution on the Maidan. The nation’s heroes did not die in vain.

Ukrainians have voted for a Parliament that significantly limits President Poroshenko’s block in its influence and includes previously underrepresented groups into the Verkhovna Rada. Pro-European parties are likely to take up to two-thirds of seats in Parliament. Poroshenko’s Bloc, People’s Front and Self-Help are newly-established pro-reformist parties, headed by young leaders (Klytchko, Yatseniuk and Sadovy respectively). They include civil-society activists, military men and volunteers. These are the people brought into the fold of Ukrainian politics by the Maidan and the conflict stirred up by Russia in Eastern Ukraine.

In spite of hysteria, whipped up by Putin’s Russia and its mainstream propaganda outlets, right-wing parties in Ukraine did not rise to power in parliamentary election. A political bloc uniting some former governing Party of Regions delegates and other pro-Russia politicians received 7.6% of the vote, securing seats in the Supreme Council. The Communist Party failed to get enough votes in the proportional balloting and for the first time in Ukraine's modern history will not be represented in Ukrainian Parliament.