Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Vitali Klitschko Making Moves on The Political Front

The “United Opposition” party of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the UDAR party of former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko have each withdrawn candidates in favour of the other's, in what appears to be a pact ahead of parliamentary elections on 28 October.

"We have withdrawn 26 parliamentary candidates in favor of the UDAR Party," the head of the central election headquarters of “United opposition”, Oleksandr Turchynov, said, according to the Interfax agency.

Ukraine is to hold crucial parliamentary elections on 28 October (see background).

The “United opposition” is made up of of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko Batkivschyna's supporters, and Arseniy Yatsenyuk's Front for change party.

Turchynov declined to name the candidates, but said that the electoral list would soon be made public, and includes current MPs.

"This decision was difficult, but it was taken. Moreover, I can say that we consider this process to be positive for Ukraine, as it strengthens the positions of democratic forces during this election campaign," Turchynov said.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, leader of the council of “United opposition”, in turn said that the decision to withdraw 26 opposition candidates in favor of UDAR would significantly increase the opposition's chances of winning the elections.

On October 14, the UDAR Party decided to withdraw 26 of its candidates running for MP in single-member constituencies in favour of Batkivschyna candidates in order to maximise votes for the opposition.

The moves appear to indicate that UDAR and the “United opposition” are seeking to avoid past mistakes. 

On a visit to Brussels last March, Klitschko said taht he had drawn lessons from the opposition's defeat in mayoral elections in Obukhiv, on 18 March. UDAR and Tymoshenko's party Batkivshchyna had separate candidates, and were beaten by President Viktor Yanukovich's Party of Regions.

Knock out punch

Klitschko is a former boxing world champion, who holds the second best knockout-to-fight ratio of any champion in heavyweight boxing history after Rocky Marciano.

Having recently ended his sporting career, he founded in April 2010 the political party UDAR, the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform, the acronym means "punch" in Russian and Ukrainian.

His Western-style liberal party has recently surged in popularity to second place behind the Party of Regions. Last week a survey gave UDAR 16% of the vote, behind the Regions with 23.3%. The “United Opposition” bloc, which includes Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna, had 15.1%.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by edgarg on 10-17-2012

RANDOM HITS was a bit too random. Read up on your facts. Since April 2010 when Klitschko is being reported by HITS that Klitschko retired and started his political party, he has had 6 fights. Not bad for a retired…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Photos: Pacquiao Continues To Push Himself For Thurman Bout David Haye is Stumped on Who Wins Dubois vs. Gorman Clash Ohara Davies is Pumped To Collide With Miguel Vazquez Khan Warns: Joshua Should Rebuild, Not Do Immediate Rematch Hearn Disgusted With Talk of Fury vs. Miller Showdown Manager Talks Recent Wins By Andrew Moloney, Jason Moloney Can Cinderella Andrew Cancio Repeat The Feat? Lobov: I Want To Hurt Malignaggi Extra Hard - For Everyone! David Benavidez Expects Fireworks "All Night" Against Dirrell Amir Khan on Kell Brook Fighting Again: I Don't Really Care! Rigondeaux vs. Ceja: WBC Sanctions As Final Title Eliminator Photos: Amir Khan Putting in Work For Goyat WBC Pearl Title Clash Photos: Jermall Charlo Grinding Hard For Brandon Adams Clash Sulecki: Andrade is Weak Middleweight, Jacobs is Much Better Charles Martin vs. Daniel Martz Added To James-DeMarco Card Hearn: Fury Won 'Exhibition,' The Undercard Was Nonexistent Photos: Benn vs. Koivula, Cheeseman vs. Conway - Final Presser Brandon Adams Discusses Training Camp For Jermall Charlo Roach: I'll Make Huge Score Betting on Pacquiao To Beat Thurman News: Elvis Garcia, Lee McGregor, Ivan Montero, Jack Turner Hearn: Joshua-Ruiz II Will Land Between Nov. 16 and Dec. 14 Cruz To Berto: You're F***ing Washed, Bro; This Is My Time! Arreola: My Fight With Kownacki Will Be Talked About For Years Kazuto Ioka Halts Aston Palicte In Ten For Historic Title Win Abel Sanchez: Refocused Joshua Will Beat Ruiz In Their Rematch Kyoguchi Outpoints Nakoon To Defend 108-Pound Title Photos: Pacquiao Grinds Hard With Roach, For Thurman Bout Josh Warrington Wants Leo Santa Cruz Showdown in U.S. Kieron Conway Aims To Impose Size, Power on Ted Cheeseman Fury: There Were '3' Horses at Heavyweight - Now There Are '2' Arum Doubles Down: Wilder-Fury Can Do May-Pac Numbers Tony Yoka vs. Alexander Dimitrenko on July 13 in Antibes Mike Lee: If I Come at My Best Possible - I Can Beat Caleb Plant Andy Ruiz Draws Interest of Investors To Bring Event To Mexico Jarrell Miller Promoter: Tyson Fury Bout Can Be Mega-Event! Photos: Andrew Cancio, Alberto Machado - Workouts Wilder-Povetkin: Latest Court Ruling Should Finally Provide Closure Blair Cobbs Returns on Cancio vs. Machado Card Curtis Stevens vs. Wale Omotoso, at 154, on August 3 at Barclays Shakur Stevenson Reaches Deal in Assault Case, Charges Dropped
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement