Ukraine finally has a new government.
There are two new political parties in the Parliament of the Ukraine. From what I can gather, in terms of policy, they are the same; but have different people and personalities.
The first, founded earlier this week, is the Economic Development party. They want to develop the economy by creating links with Europe. The second, founded
A new government coalition was officially put in place today. The Parliamentary breakdown is as follows.
88 - Fatherland - 19.6% (of seats)
42 - UDAR - 9.3%
37 - European - 8.2%
36 - Freedom - 8.0%
36 - Economic - 8.0%
239 - Total Government - 53.1%
122 - Party of Regions - 27.1%
32 - Communist - 7.1%
57 - Independents and Others - 12.7%
211 - New Opposition - 46.8%
122 is far less members than the Party of Regions had only a few weeks ago. Their peak was 210. As I did with Montreal, I'd like to examine where people went.
There were 210 PoR members, and 12 supportive (pro Russian) Independents.
The new Euro party seems to have all 12 of those Independents, plus 25 PoR members.
The new Economic party is 36 members formerly in the PoR.
An additional 21 former PoR members now sit as Independents.
Note that the Russian-Ukrainian population is 17% of the country, not 27%, the share of Parliament still held by the PoR.
There are, approximately, 24 members in Parliament from Crimea. Only one or two Crimean members of Parliament are from outside the PoR. Thus, the full breakdown of Parliament is as follows:
100 - Party of Regions
88 - Fatherland
42 - UDAR
37 - European
36 - Freedom
36 - Economic
32 - Communist
32 - Pro-West Independent (estimate)
25 - Pro-Russian Independent (estimate)
24 - Crimean
So what does this all mean?
That's hard to say. Parties can come and go quickly in places. What this seems to mean in reality is that a good portion of the Party of Regions has realized that they need to be more pro-Europe if they intend to get re-elected. Regardless, things are still fluid; so this serves more as an update of what's going on than it does as a review of what's happened.
More to come, as always.