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A man walks past an election campaign poster of Ukrainian Opposition Platform - For Life political party in Kyiv, Ukraine July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine’s Most Important Election Is Sunday. Here’s What to Expect

Original article can be found here – On July 21, Ukrainians go back to the ballot box to choose a new parliament. In April, voters made comedian and political novice Volodymyr Zelenskyy president. The outcome of Sunday’s parliamentary elections will determine Ukraine’s geopolitical course and policy choices over the next five years. As a long-time […]

Dmytro Razumkov (C), Oleksandr Korniyenko (L) and Mykhailo Fedorov, leaders of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's political party Servant of the People, attend a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Five Predictions for Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

Original article can be found here – With the Constitutional Court of Ukraine affirming the dismissal of parliament last week, new elections are moving ahead for July 21. Here are five predictions on what to expect. First, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Servant of the People has a legitimate chance to form a one-party majority in […]

A municipal worker removes an election poster of Ukrainian President and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Kyiv, Ukraine April 13, 2019. Picture taken April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Three Predictions for Ukraine’s Presidential Run-off

Original article can be found here – Voters knew the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on March 31 was a freebie, but they will make their vote count in the run-off on April 21. It was clear to the public that there would be no candidate who would receive 50 percent in round […]


What to Expect from Ukraine’s Completely Unpredictable Presidential Election

Original article posted here – On March 31, Ukrainians will select their sixth president. The election is seen a referendum on the incumbent Poroshenko administration and his record since the watershed Euromaidan Revolution that decisively moved Ukraine onto a pro-Western path. Polls put political newcomer Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the lead, with Poroshenko and former […]

Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko waits before a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv, Ukraine November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine’s 2019 Elections May Be Completely Unpredictable but Five Things Are Certain

Original article posted here – 2019 is election year in Ukraine. Ukrainians will select a new president this spring and a new parliament in the fall. Even though the outcome of the presidential race is unpredictable, there are five things about this political cycle that are not. First, no openly pro-Russian candidate can win […]

People fill out ballots in booths during a regional election at a polling station in Kyiv, Ukraine, October 25, 2015. Ukrainians went to the polls on Sunday to appoint mayors and council heads to regional seats. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Three Things Ukraine Must Do Now If It Wants Clean Elections Next Year

Original article taken from here – The parliament renewed Ukraine’s highest election body, the Central Election Commission, ahead of the crucial 2019 general elections. On September 20, the parliament replaced all 13 CEC members who were serving on expired terms. In a swift decision—too swift in the opinion of the opposition—the Rada expanded the membership of the […]


Pragmatism Prevails over Populism in Ukraine

The original article is posted here – Successful politics is about getting things done. By that standard, October was a successful month. Not only did the government pass sweeping healthcare reform, pension reform, and judiciary reform, it also staved off populist protests. In short, pragmatism prevailed over populism. Each of the reforms passed was significant, […]


Now Is the Time for Electoral Reform in Ukraine

Original story posted here – Ukraine’s parliament has a busy agenda this autumn. Not only is a sweeping healthcare reform package needed to fix the country’s broken system, judicial reform, the creation of a special anticorruption court, and land reform are also pending. In spite of these burning priorities, now is also the best […]


The Key to Fixing Ukraine Isn’t What You Think It Is

Original story posted here – Health care reform should be a top priority for Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada this fall because it can help transform Ukraine. As President Petro Poroshenko has said, “I am sure that healthcare…reforms would help [in] attracting investment and increasing economic growth,” and he’s absolutely right. In June, parliament greenlighted comprehensive health […]


Who Is Opposing Ukraine’s Health Reform Bill?

Original story posted here – After the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine failed, on the last day of its July session, to approve health reform bill #6327, a vote on the second reading awaits approval by the legislature. Addressing the Rada, on September 5, Speaker Andriy Parubiy cautiously mentioned the bill, along with pension, judicial and […]