Labor Ukraine Set to Rule?
A congress of Labor Ukraine on 18 November elected lawmaker Serhiy Tyhypko as head of the party, Interfax reported. Tyhypko told the congress that he expects Labor Ukraine to become the ruling party after the next parliamentary elections. According to Tyhypko, the party is able to win 10 percent of the vote, form a parliamentary majority with other parties, and have “as many ministers as possible” in a future coalition government. Labor Ukraine is widely believed to be an “oligarchic party” and to have considerable leverage in Ukrainian politics, as does the Revival of Regions and the Social Democratic Party (United). The Labor Ukraine’s 48 lawmakers constitute the second-largest caucus in the parliament.