Bloc of Left and Center-left Forces
The Election bloc of left and central left political forces (Ukrainian: Блок лівих і лівоцентристських сил (лівий блок)) or Block of the Left Forces (Ukrainian: Блок Лівих Сил) is the name of a bloc of political parties in Ukraine who participated in the 2010 presidential election with a single candidate; the leader of the Communist Party of Ukraine Petro Symonenko. During the 2010 election he received 3.54% of the votes.
On September 14, 2009 the Communist Party of Ukraine, the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united), the Justice Party and the Union of Leftists signed an agreement on creating the bloc of leftists and center-leftists and a unitary participation in the upcoming presidential election. The Bloc nominated Communist leader Petro Symonenko for the post of President of Ukraine. On October 3, 2009 his own Communist Party proposed him, on October 10, 2009 the Justice Party did the same followed by the Union of Leftists on October 16 and the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united) on October 17, 2009.
The Socialist Party of Ukraine did not join the bloc but did state on the day of its creation that they would continue to negotiate to join the bloc. The Socialist Party of Ukraine also stated they would have preferred if the bloc would have been created after the presidential election (of 2010). The Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine refused to join the union since it did not want to be in the same election bloc as the Socialist Party of Ukraine.
The creation of the bloc made ex-President of Ukraine Kravchuk leave the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united), Kravchuk declared he also was indignant because the political council of the party decided to accomplish that behind the closed doors in non-democratic order. He called the block "as the artificial union without any perspectives".
The bloc of leftists is planning to call for a referendum on the Common Economic Space, Ukraine's attitude to NATO and the status of the Russian language in Ukraine. The bloc wants Russian to be the second state language in Ukraine (currently Ukrainian is the only state language of Ukraine).
- (Ukrainian) ЦВК оприлюднила офіційні результати 1-го туру виборів, Gazeta.ua (January 25, 2010)
- Four parties unite to participate in presidential election, Interfax-Ukraine (September 14, 2009)
- Bloc of left and center-left forces to nominate CPU Leader for Ukraine's president, Interfax-Ukraine (October 3, 2009)
- Spravedlyvist Party backs Communist leader as single candidate from left political forces at president election, Interfax-Ukraine (October 10, 2009)
- (Ukrainian) Союз Лівих Сил підтримав кандидатуру Петра Симоненко, Union of Leftists (October 16, 2009)
- (Ukrainian) Події за темами: XXII з’їзд Соціал-демократичної партії України(о), UNIAN (October 17, 2009)
- Social-Democratic Party supports Symonenko as single candidate for president post from left political forces, Kyiv Post (October 17, 2009)
- (Ukrainian) Представители СПУ сегодня не будут принимать участие в подписании Декларации о создании левого блока, хотя из переговорного процесса о формировании блока левых сил партия не выходит, Socialist Party of Ukraine (September 14, 2009)
- (Ukrainian) Про блок лівих і лівоцентристських сил, Socialist Party of Ukraine (September 14, 2009)
- Communists say leftist bloc will call for referendum on NATO and Russian language status, Kyiv Post (September 24, 2009)
- (Ukrainian) Лівий блок як спосіб втриматися у великій політиці, BBC World Service (August 18, 2009)
- Kravchuk left SDP(u) (Ukrainian)
- Kravchuk leaves Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united), Interfax-Ukraine (September 25, 2009)