Ukraine’s early-term parliamentary election is one week from today. A TZ-NZ report sums it up well. Noting that the two Viktors–Premier Yanukovych and President Yushchenko were campaigning in their strongholds, it said:
The speeches at opposite ends of the country of 47 million will do nothing to allay doubts that the election can end months of deadlock and bridge the gap between two competing traditions.
Meanwhile, Yanukovych on Thursday threatened to withdraw from the election, prompting me to wonder if a governing party has ever boycotted an election anywhere in the annals of elections.
Polling appears to show Regions (Yanukovych’s party) with a plurality, but with the two erstwhile “Orange” parties together having more votes. In other words, just like March, 2006.