No Surprise Here: Right-Wing Nationalist Parties Dominate Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections

Fiscal right-winger Poroshenko and his neoliberal/austerity buddy, Obama

Fiscal right-winger Poroshenko and his neoliberal/austerity buddy, Obama

Parliamentary elections in Ukraine Sunday delivered victories to a number of right-wing nationalist parties in a vote that was boycotted by the vast majority of the electorate in the country’s east. ...
... The Central Election Committee estimated voter participation in the southwestern city of Odessa at just 13.2 percent, and in Donetsk and Luhansk at 14.6 and 13.1 percent respectively. In May, dozens were killed in Odessa when pro-Kiev fascist forces trapped anti-government protesters in the local trade union building, massacring them and then setting the building alight.
The People’s Front, which will be Poroshenko’s main coalition partner, is pressing for the retention of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in his present post. Yatsenyuk, who has been overseeing the initial implementation of International Monetary Fund austerity policies in Ukraine, was identified as Washington’s chosen candidate to head the government in a leaked telephone conversation in the lead-up to the ouster of Yanukovych.
The Poroshenko government aims to use the election to provide a democratic fig leaf for the imposition of austerity measures demanded by the IMF and European Union, and the crushing of all opposition to its right-wing, nationalist program. He and the Western media are hailing the election as a triumph of Ukrainian democracy and a sign of the population’s “pro-European” orientation. This is part of the effort to lend legitimacy to the civil war being carried out against pro-Russian separatist regions in the east and the implementation of deeply unpopular cuts to social spending.

Source: Right-wing nationalist parties dominate Ukrainian parliamentary elections - World Socialist Web Site.

See also: What's going on? Ukraine "involves human-rights atrocities comparable to Israel-Palestine, yet even 'Democracy Now' reports it like the NYT reports Israel-Palestine"

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