Ukrainian snap parliamentary elections: Who is who in Vakarchuk's Golos party

Author : Natalia Lebed

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine has elected a showman as a president, and it has influenced the style of the rest of the politicians
22:13, 12 June 2019

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk
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Ukraine has elected a showman as a president, and it has influenced the style of the rest of the politicians. Party congresses are becoming more relaxed and informal. For example, Ukraine’s singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk has held the second congress of his Golos party on Starokyivska Hill in Ukraine’s capital.

Golos press service announced that there was no “broad access,” however, the event would be broadcasted on the screens in the press zone. That is how we learned about who would go to the Rada under the auspices of Svyatoslav Vakarchuk.

This is, first of all, the singer himself, as well as former Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Yulia Klymenko, head of the Ring Ukraine IT-company Kira Rudyk, advisor to the Prime Minister on parliamentary relations Yaroslav Zheleznyak, anti-corruption activist Oleksandra Ustinova. Oleg Makarov, Kisil & Partners lawyer, Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, head of Transparency International, deputy editor-in-chief of the Zerkalo Nedeli newspaper, Serhiy Rakhmanin, Saakashvili’s deputy at Odesa Regional State Administration, Solomiya Bobrovskaya, and Uliana’s Suprun deputy Olha Stefanyshyna are on the list too.

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TV presenter and showman Serhiy Prytula is also among the famous names on the Vakarchuk’s list. Prytula’s called joining of Vakarchuk’s team “great news.” However, Prytula is number 30, so he has no chances to be elected. According to the polls, Golos party might obtain a bit more than 5%.

The party voiced ten requirements for its candidates. Clean reputation, no ties with oligarchs, lawful sources of income, professional or social achievements, lack of cooperation with pro-Russian forces, and the like are among them. A prerequisite for the applicant's mandate is his non-membership in the current Verkhovna Rada.

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It should be noted that Vakarchuk’s rhetoric is not original: he speaks of the need for changes in society and the breakdown of the old system. Svyatoslav Vakarchuk "recruits" supporters through social networks. He calls on the Ukrainians to join the team and convinces that the party does not receive money from the oligarchs, but only from a from some rich people who earned income legally.

To summarize everything said by Vakarchuk, his election program is as follows. First of all, he believes that the country should more actively and consistently confront Russian aggression. “I call on the president, his team, and the Verkhovna Rada to finally develop a law that regulates all relations with the Russian Federation as an aggressor country,” Vakarchuk said.

And he promised to help president Zelensky, but only in those cases when he “did the right thing.” Vakarchuk commented on the issues of LGBT, soft drugs, and prostitution. "We have a country of equal rights and equal opportunities," he said, responding to a question about the attitude towards permission to gay marriage. And about the use of cannabis for medical purposes, Vakarchuk noted that "everything that saves people's lives, or cures them, must be supported." Vakarchuk noted that Golos supports the opening of the land market, but on condition that the interests of small farmers are well protected. “It is necessary to make a fair, open land market,” he noted, without going into details.

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Vakarchuk proposes to reduce the bureaucracy, but the most effective managers should be left on the ground. Speaking about out ideologically unreliable people, it is already too late to with them something, Vakarchuk is sure. Some observers state the rhetoric of Svyatoslav Vakarchuk is rather naive and similar to the statements of Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko. However, unfortunately, the competence of the candidate is not that important in Ukraine.

MP of previous convocations Taras Chornovil argues that quite influential rich people are behind Vakarchuk: “We can see Pinchuk, the team of Soros, and many people from the US Democratic Party,” he says. All of them are clearly preparing Vakarchuk for a certain political campaign."

Political analyst Ruslan Bortnik even points out that Leonid Kuchma’s return to the Minsk process is undoubtedly the work of his son-in-law, Viktor Pinchuk. The latter restores the old weight of the old Kuchma elite, having influence both on the administration of President Zelensky and on smaller projects, such as Vakarchuk's Golos.

Related: Ukrainian singer Vakarchuk presents his party "Golos"

At the same time, the support of Pinchuk can be the decisive factor in Golos’s coming to the Verkhovna Rada. But there is a nuance. Political consultant Denys Bogush draws attention to it: “The whole story of Vakarchuk is that he first became the Verkhovna Rada MP. Then he left the office. Then he began allegorically to declare his presidential ambitions," he says.

Some voters are disappointed with Svyatoslav Vakarchuk’s indecision during the presidential election. Some experts believe that he has serious chances of winning because he might steal a part of Zelensky’s electorate.

Vakarchuk has not announced about his oppositionism yet. He has about six weeks in order to clearly outline the views. The time is going by so fast though.

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