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UKRAINIAN ACTIVIST SPEAKS OF APPROACHING ELECTIONS, EXPECTATIONS AND PENDING PROBLEMS

19 march, 2019
UKRAINIAN ACTIVIST SPEAKS OF APPROACHING ELECTIONS, EXPECTATIONS AND PENDING PROBLEMS

Ukrainian civil society activist Nikolai Cozhushko believes that the Constitutions of both Ukraine and Moldova need to be supplemented with a provision on criminal responsibility for unfulfilled election pledges.

Speaking at a news conference in Infotag on Tuesday, he remarked that Moldova has already passed through its electoral cycle – a parliamentary election, whereas the Ukrainian society is only preparing to elect a president on March 31, cherishing considerable hopes for the event.       

“Ukrainians are looking forward to changes in economy, social sphere, international relations, to reduction of utility and other tariffs and to higher salaries, pensions and social allowances”, said Cozhushko.

In his words, latest opinion polls are showing that the presidential race is being led by showman Vladimir Zelensky with approximately 35% respondents ready to vote for him. Next follows incumbent President Petro Poroshenko with 18.9%, and then ex-Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko with 17.5%.

The activist said that next autumn Ukraine will hold an ordinary parliamentary election, “so Ukrainian citizens are looking at Moldova, where a new parliament has already been elected, with a hope to see positive changes that may take place in Ukraine as well”.

Nikolai Cozhushko was asked by journalists about the presidential candidates’ attitude to the problem of education based on the native language of ethnic Romanians and Moldovans residing compactly in several Ukrainian oblasts [regions], and he replied that the election programs of main candidates include provisions on “building friendly relations with neighbors”.    
 
The activist stressed that, indeed, there may be only one official language in Ukraine. But the question of education based on minorities’ native languages may be entrusted to oblast administrations – with the introducing by the Ukrainian Supreme Rada [parliament] of corresponding amendments to legislation.
 

 

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