The main players in Ukraine' political arena have already been named. Judging by experts' forecasts and the opinion of respondents interviewed during recent public opinion polls, the membership in the new Rada to be elected on October 26 will be entirely different.
Vitaly Klitschko, Kiev city mayor and leader of the pro-western party "Udar," heads the pro-presidential Petro Poroshenko bloc. Klitschko said he decided to join the parties' lists together because “it is necessary to consolidate the democratic forces in order to get as many seats in the new Rada as possible.”
Rada-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, whose plan to negotiate the establishment of a single bloc with the pro-presidential Petro Poroshenko bloc failed, now heads the “People's Front" party ticket, taking his fellow supporter-Rada Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov, on the party list.
Ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko for the first time in her political career is number " Two" on the party ticket of Batkyvshchina party. Tymoshenko yielded her position on top of the party ticket to Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who has been kept in custody in Russia as a suspect in the assassination of Russian journalists near Luhansk.
Oleh Tyahnybok heads a list of candidates nominated by Svoboda (Liberty) party . Oleh Lyashko, who finished third in the presidential race last May, is running for the Rada from a single-member constituency.
Leader of the notorious Pravy Sector Dmitry Yarosh is expected to follow suit.
The Party of Regions known for its moderate views and which earlier had been headed by ex-president Vikor Yanukovych, decided not to take part in the election. Its representative Boris Kolesikov said that because of the humanitarian catastrophe in the east of Ukraine almost seven million people cannot vote in the polls. “The authorities have been demonstrated cynicism, attempting to conduct the election which will totally split the country," Kolesnikov said. "The party of Regions decided to create its own opposition government whose members will be announced next week," Kolesnikov said.
Now that the Party of Regions dropped out from the parliamentary race the Strong Ukraine party headed by Serhiy Tihipko remains the only representative of the interests of the population of the southeast of Ukraine.
Ukrainian communists, whose leader Pyotr Simoneneko earlier said that the party would do everything possible to be represented in the new Rada, have also applied to the Central Election Commission to be registered as a candidate. The Civic Position party, headed by ex-defense minister Anatoly Hrytsenko who had twice run for the Ukranian presidency - in 2010 and 2014, has also submitted documents, asking to register the party for the parliamentary polls.
Respondents polled by the Kiev International Sociology Institute said that the Petro Poroshenko bloc would get majority of votes; the radicals headed by Lyashko will finish second in the polls; the Civic Position will be in third position with the rating of the rivaling parties estimated at 21.5%, 7.6% and 5.6%, respectively.-0-ere.