Tyahnybok's Svoboda seems to have won the election in Ternopil. Yulya seems to have lost it. 33.8% vs 8%So far.Would be interesting if in the presidential election next year (if there is one) we'll have to choose between Yanukovych and Tyahnybok.
This is what happens when Tymoshenko goes East and Yushchenko goes South.Nationwide, a Tymoshenko v. Yanukovych runoff appears more likely. I’m not a big fan of Tyahnybok, but, to me, choosing between Tymoshenko and Yanukovych doesn’t leave much choice either.
Pretty interesting, considering that Tymoshenko's BYuT went to great lengths to stop this regional election, there were 2 - count 'em - 2 court fights about it, and both courts gave it the green light, and then BYuT declared that it was not actually "participating" in the elections - in the middle of voting, practically, and then, when all was said and done, BYuT declared that "falsifications" had taken place, orchestrated by Baloha and his United Center. Whew!!So all-in-all, what difference does a presidential candidate really make in Ukraine, when the Parliament represents nothing but oligarchs?Seems to me that Svoboda is not tied in with any oligarchs - the first political party in Ukraine, perhaps, to do so, except for Rukh, which after independence, fractured into a million pieces (in typical Ukrainian fashion - Ukrainians love nothing better than to argue about nothing, endlessly, for hours - better a good argument for days on end, rather than actually do something).Seems that Svoboda went fund-raising to Canada, and perhaps elsewhere, whereas normally, it's the oligarchs in Ukraine who fund the so-called "political parties," which are merely collections of oligarchs and beeznissmeny.Is Tymoshenko going to re-think her overtures with Pootler?Will Yanukovych tap American PR firms again, to dream up some new slogans other than "the Party of Regions - we've improved your life today"?Will the people in Ukraine finally get out of their monumental inertia and step forward, and organize themselves, and get rid of the oligarchs (and their proxies) in government?