The stand-off between Yushchenko and Tymoshenko is detrimental for both of them. Surprisingly, it also affects the Party of Regions as the disillusionment of Ukrainians with the president and premier tells on all other parliamentary political parties, Regions prominent young lawmaker Yury Myroshnichenko told ZIK Aug. 28.
In his opinion, the rivalry between Yushchenko and Tymoshenko stems from their desire to win the presidency. He does not rule out that, closer to the election, they will accuse each other not only of political failures, but will expose each other’s crimes. As Yushchenko and Tymoshenko have the same Orange voter base, the mutual mud slinging will heavily undermine their support.
Considering Yulia Tymoshenko’s charisma and the key role Yushchenko played in generating the stand-off with the premier, the incumbent stands to lose the most. “Still, Tymoshenko can hardly be expected to win the highest office,” Myroshnychenko says, “as by lambasting each other they erode the trust in themselves.”
Yury Myroshnychenko says the disillusionment with Yushchenko and Tymoshenko will tell on the Party of Regions. Being the largest faction in Verkhovna Rada, in the minds of Ukrainians the PR also takes the responsibility for what is going on in the country. “As a balanced politician, Yanukovych may beef up his approval rating a bit. But given the current economic and political snafu, the PR will lose some of its ground as the economy is tense and there is no favorable investment environment – all this adds to general discontent Ukrainians feel towards politicians and officials,” the lawmaker claims.
He is convinced that top political players must get together to set the rules of competition which will strengthen the country.