Ukraine: Kuchma backs new elections

Reuters (and the BBC, presumably based on that report) say that outgoing President Kuchma now supports the idea of new elections in Ukraine. However, there’s no word on whether he’s accepted Yuschenko’s full conditions for a revote – no absentee ballots and a new, independent CEC – in his statement.

Update: It appears he hasn’t accepted the Yuschenko conditions, and the call is for an entirely new election – not just a rerun of the runoff, but the whole electoral process. SCSU Scholars have more:

My Ukrainian student is listening to news reports and says this is not a real offer, that Kuchma is not only offering to redo the second round but the first as well. This could take 180 days. This is exactly the scenario I thought may happen — Kuchma doesn’t want Yanukovych as much as he wants himself to be president. If he can buy six months, he has found his ideal solution.

My student also reports Yushchenko has refused this offer and is holding out for the Supreme Court decision.

3 thoughts on “Ukraine: Kuchma backs new elections

  1. I do not understand why Yuschenko does not want absentee ballots, since it seems that most Ukrainian emigr?s are rather favorable to his politics. If anything I would limit that to those who were already registered as absentees.

    DSW

  2. Antoni, he presumably fears fake absentee votes – say from a lot of Russians who aren’t citizens, or invented persons added to the voter list.

  3. Antoni, he presumably fears fake absentee votes – say from a lot of Russians who aren’t citizens, or invented persons added to the voter list.

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