The Salon II

Monday, March 27, 2006

Tymoshenko : the return

This is what happens when promising, people-backed, democratic revolutionnaries cannot deliver on their promises; or maybe what happens when these revolutionnaries make promises they simply cannot deliver on, realistically; or maybe what happens when the human nature takes over from human ideals... you be the judge:
Aljazeera.Net | Tymoshenko eyes coalition deal: "Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukranian prime minister, has scored a triumph in parliamentary elections with her own bloc coming second and placing her in a position to form a coalition government.

Viktor Yanukovich's pro-Russian Regions party won the most seats, but Tymoshenko emerged as a rejuvenated political figure, saying that 'Orange Revolution' liberals could close ranks to keep the pro-Russian party in opposition.

The outcome was a double humiliation for Viktor Yushchenko, the president, who defeated Yanukovich in a presidential poll re-run after December's 2004 street protests, and later fell out with Tymoshenko, his former Orange Revolution comrade."
So Yushchenko is being punished for not delivering on his promises, and he is paying for his falling out with Ms Tymoshenko, a move that made his entire movement weaker. Personal issues, "control-freakness", power-mongering, or whatever it was between these two, it put them in a position to falter on a very promising program for the renaissance of Ukraine. The success of the Orange Revolution was one of the strongest campaigns in support of the argument that democracy and representative/participative government are actually closer to an ideal for humans than dictaorship, corruption and politicking - at the time, represented by Yanukovich and Russia. For minor differences - or so it seems - Yushchenko and Tymoshenko jeopardize the chances of that coalition to succeed. Now that they are - possibly - given a second chance, I hope they will get it right, this time around.


  • This sort of thing often happens in such situations. When there is a dicatorship or one-party state, often times the opposition unites to get rid of the dictatorship. Often times, these coalitions comprise parties who have wildly different platforms. Getting rid of the established power is the only common point. They are not natural allies.

    So when these coalitions finally achieve power, their natural differences rise to the surface.

    It's happened quite frequently in Africa such as in Wade's PDS (Senegal) and the NARC in Kenya.

    And Cote d'Ivoire of course too. Remember the FPI and RDR were coalition allies in the mid-90s against the PDCI. Even though their political programmes were very different. We know what's happened since.

    By Blogger Brian, at 3:31 PM  

  • I am not sure the comparison is exactly workable, but I get your point: This happens everywhere, and in Africa as well. That does not make it any less unfortunate and counter-productive, or less avoidable. And that is what I was trying to address.

    FPI and RDR definitely exemplify the potential unfortunate consequences of this type of politicking. NARC has not ceased to boggle my mind with the abberations that have resulted from a formerly hopeful movement for change... what a wonderful world, hum?

    By Blogger TheMalau, at 11:30 PM  

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