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№097 The electoral success of the Svoboda Party – the consequences for Ukrainian politics
№097 The electoral success of the Svoboda Party – the consequences for Ukrainian politics

Author(s): Tadeusz A. Olszański
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, Electoral systems, Developing nations
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Svoboda Party; Ukrainian politics
Summary/Abstract: The All-Ukrainian Association ‘Svoboda’ scored an unexpected success in the parliamentary elections, winning support from over 10% of the voters and entering the select group of Ukrainian parliamentary parties which operate at a national level. Svoboda’s manifesto is nationalist and anti-liberal, in both economic and political aspects. It is in fact the anti-liberal component of this party’s manifesto which it can thank for achieving such a big electoral success.The faction formed by Svoboda’s 37 representatives in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) will have a small impact on legislative work, but their activity may add further to the brutalisation of parliamentary life. Furthermore, Svoboda will attempt to make other opposition groupings adopt a more radical approach, which may trigger the disintegration of the United Opposition Baktivshchyna. A new wave of public protests is likely to emerge in Ukraine in the coming months. Therefore, it can be expected that Svoboda will make efforts to join in or even incite them, in order to promote its social and nationalist messages. This may contribute to increasing the popularity of nationalist ideas and to a further radicalisation of sentiments in Ukraine.

  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: English