President Yushchenko: I’ve traveled with a camera, I’ve seen thousands of fantastic scenes, which I shot, and I would like to make some kind of album of the Ukraine that I’ve seen and of the world that I’ve seen.
Flip vertical, make a good perspective.
Photographer 1: One more second.
President Yushchenko: Got one?
Photographer 2: Not bad.
Photographer 1: One more second, one more second.
President Yushchenko: Kolya, you’re our only hope. Flip vertical!
Lately, our President has traveled a lot: Lybia, Egypt, Poland. He hasn’t not failed to “phone home.” Speaking in Warsaw on Tuesday, President Yushchenko rejected the idea of a two-round election, saying this about the upcoming mayoral election in Kyiv:
“The country needs stabilnist, quietude, not PR tricks and electioneering technologies.”
Let’s set the record straight on stabilnist. In Ukraine, stabilnist (стабільність) does not necessarily correspond to the English word stability (e.g. stability in the global financial market, stability in the Middle East, etc).
An analysis of Ukraine’s political context provides the following synonyms for stabilnist: servility, slavery, stupidity, sovok, spin, stagnation, special interests, submissiveness, societal sadomasochism. Regrettably, the S-word — so skillfully spun by the Yanukovych camp — has deeply penetrated Yushchenko’s vocabulary.
What does stabilnist mean in terms of Kyiv mayoral elections? Who stands to benefit from a single-round election?
The answer is Mayor Chernovetsky.
Faced with a dispersed collection of challengers, namely Klychko, Turchynov, Katerynchuk, et al, incumbent Mayor Chernovetsky has a high chance of winning a plurality. He did it in 2006, with 32 percent of the vote; he may do it again.
By supporting stabilnist instead of a two-round election, Yushchenko puts his stamp of approval on Chernovetsky’s stewardship of Kyiv and boosts his re-election chances.
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