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Presidential elections

July 4, 2009

Interesting that even though today America is 233 years old today (and I am very thankful to be an American!) my mind is on the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine. Here’s the latest news in case the Western news networks haven’t kept you updated.

Ukraine Parliament set the date for the next presidential election – January 17, 2010. Originally the date was October 25, 2009 but President Victor Yushchenko complained and the Constitutional Court ended up siding with him. Campaigning can begin on September 19 because the constitution only allows 120 days. Don’t we wish we had that law in the US?! The current front runner, Victor Yanukovych, is attempting to reduce the campaigning to only 90 days. Yanukovych currently is at 25% support. Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is in 2nd place with 16%. The former parliamentary speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk is in 3rd place with 13%. His fast rise to popularity is what Yanukovych fears and shortening the campaign will make it more difficult for Yatsenyuk to become more known to the general population. The current President Yushchenko has also announced he will run for re-election but his support is very low – 8%.

Many here feel that the next presidential election will have a great bearing on the future of Ukraine. Depending on who wins, the country will either remain independent and lean toward the West or align more closely with Russia and lean towards Asia. It’s a huge difference and a very pivotal season – much like the most recent elections in the US. Best thing we can do is pray – not only for Ukraine but for the USA as well! Will you join me in that?

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  1. hope permalink
    September 5, 2009 1:22 pm

    Thank you very much for your article and your vision of this situation.I do join to pray with you…

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