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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Akhmetov and Ukraine elections

If you are following events in Ukraine, this is worth reading. A statement or interview by Akhmetov - Ukraine's richest businessman. He's not running for political office. But he IS from the eastern part of Ukraine, so perhaps his words will carry some weight. 

He offers his perspective of the 4 options available for those in eastern Ukraine - should they join Russia? Become some sort of autonomous region in Ukraine? Stay exactly the way they are? No, he says. 

The government in Ukraine is a little too centralized - Kyiv-based. There are regional governments, but they are appointed by Kyiv - usually on the basis of bribes to the Kyiv government, by businessmen who wanted some power. You can see how the corruption would spread, right?

Akhmetov suggests the regional governments should be elected, just like the national one. Perhaps that would begin to address the lack of representation felt by some of those in the east.

The presidential election is May 25. Winning candidate must get at least 50% of the vote; otherwise the top two candidates are voted on in a run-off election. Leading candidate right now appears to be Poroshenko - founder of Roshen candies and chocolates. 

We shall see. 

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