Ukraine’s Russian-oriented forces should unite for elections, Rabinovich says

2018/7/5 17:25:21

Analyst: “…either Rabinovich is laying the groundwork for a possible deal to back Boyko (and possibly merge his party into the Opposition Bloc), or he is hyping himself up as the leading Russian-oriented candidate, which we don’t view as credible.


KYIV, June 5, 2018 – Ukraine’s Russian-oriented opposition forces should unite behind a single candidate in the March 2019 presidential elections and coordinate their activity in the October 2019 parliamentary vote, Vadim Rabinovich [pictured], the head of the For Life party, wrote on his Facebook page on July 4. Using the term “opposition forces” without mentioning any Russian orientation, Rabinovich specifically addressed the heads of the Russian-oriented Opposition Bloc, as well as the smaller Renaissance and Agrarian parties. “In one of the most tragic moments for Ukraine, when the country’s fate is on the table, each of us should forget about our political ambitions and work towards a single victory,” he wrote, according to an online advisory by Concorde Capital today.

 

Of decided voters, Boyko would earn 10.6% of votes and Rabinovich would earn 8.4% in the March presidential elections, according to the most recent poll conducted in June by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. For the October 2019 parliamentary vote, the Opposition Bloc would earn 11.4% support and the For Life party would have 10.5%, according to the same poll.

 

Concorde analyst Zenon Zawada added: “If the Russian-oriented parties are going to unite for the elections, it can only be behind Yuriy Boyko and his Opposition Bloc, which have been consistently leading the polls this year among the Russian-oriented forces. Moreover, Boyko and the Opposition Bloc have more resources than Rabinovich and his For Life populist project. So either Rabinovich is laying the groundwork for a possible deal to back Boyko (and possibly merge his party into the Opposition Bloc), or he is hyping himself up as the leading Russian-oriented candidate, which we don’t view as credible.

 

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For more information, link here: www.concorde.ua 

 

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