JRL NEWSWATCH: “New Ukrainian Opposition Party Names Presidential Runner; A pro-Russian candidate could present a real challenge to Poroshenko, pundits say, if the squabbling opposition parties join forces” – Transitions Online

Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine

“The split between the successors to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions widened this week when the parliamentary Opposition Bloc stripped its co-chairman Yuriy Boyko of membership.  … three days after Boyko threw his hat into next spring’s presidential race …. Earlier this month, Boyko and another Opposition Bloc member, Vadym Rabinovych, announced the formation of an offshoot of the pro-Russian faction, Opposition Platform Za Zhyttia (For Life). Za Zhyttia also won the backing of senior opposition politician Viktor Medvedchuk, whom the [Kyiv] Post calls a personal friend of … Putin. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko’s main challenger in the March election is expected to be Yulia Tymoshenko …”

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