Civil Position

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Civil Position/Civic Position
Громадянська позиція
Leader Anatoliy Hrytsenko
Founded March 2005
Ideology Conservatism[1]
Pro-Europeanism[1]
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (observer)
Colours Yellow and Blue
Verkhovna Rada
0 / 450
Regions (2015)[2]
490 / 158,399
Website
gp.org.ua

Civil Position or Civic Position[1][3] (Ukrainian: „Громадянська позиція“) is a political party in Ukraine registered in March 2005. It is led by former Minister of Defence of Ukraine Anatoliy Hrytsenko.[4]

History[edit]

Mighty Ukraine[edit]

The party was registered in March 2005 under the name Mighty Ukraine (Ukrainian: "Могутня Україна") and it was known as this until 2010.[5][4] At this time the party did not participate in any parliamentary elections.[4] The original party leader was Oleksandr Chubatenko.[6] Chubatenko ran the election headquarters of Anatoliy Hrytsenko during the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election.[6]

Civil Position[edit]

In February 2010 the party was renamed Civil Position,[5] and at the same time Hrytsenko became party leader. The decision to rename the party and change its chairman was approved by a party Congress on 21 January 2010.[6]

At the 2010 local elections the party's results were infinitesimal.[7] Civil Position gained one seat on the Ternopil city council.[7]

In August 2011, the party announced it would merge with the European Party of Ukraine.[8] Later, in December 2011 the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform and Civil Position announced they were negotiating a merger.[9] However, in June 2012, the party announced it would compete on a single party list with other opposition parties during the 2012 parliamentary election.[10]

In a December 2011 poll by Rating, the party scored 2.3%;[11] and in May 2012, 2.4%.[12]

The party competed on an "umbrella" party list with Fatherland, along with several other opposition parties, for the 2012 parliamentary election.[13][14][10][15][16][17] This list won 101 seats with 25.55% of the party vote. The breakdown was 62 seats from the party list and 39 seats from single-member constituencies.[18] The party itself had competed in 1 constituency where it lost.[19][20] Hrytsenko was placed 3rd on the joint list and was elected.[21][22] When several of the other parties that had competed under the joint list merged into Fatherland in June 2013[23] the party did not join them and kept its independence.[24] Hrytsenko left the Fatherland faction on 14 January 2014.[25] On 17 January 2014 he submitted a letter of resignation to parliament.[26]

Hrytsenko was a candidate for the party at the 2014 presidential election where he placed 4th in the first and only round. Previously Hrytsenko was an independent candidate at the 2010 presidential election.

On 7 September 2014 party congress decided that the party would participate in the 2014 parliamentary election on a joint list with members of the Democratic Alliance.[27] For elections in single member constituencies, both parties participated separately.[28] In the election the party failed to clear the 5% election threshold (it got 3.1% of the votes) and also did not win a constituency seat and thus no parliamentary seats.[29]

Concerning the ongoing War in Donbass the party advocates an end to the conflict by use of force.[1]

The party was accepted into the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) on 4 June 2016.[30]

Election results[edit]

Verkhovna Rada[edit]

Election year # of
constituency votes
# of
party list votes
% of
party list votes
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2014 489,116 3.1
0 / 450

Presidential elections[edit]

President of Ukraine
Election year Candidate # of 1st round votes % of 1st round vote # of 2nd round votes % of 2nd round vote Won/Loss
2014 Anatoliy Hrytsenko 989,029 5.48 Loss

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Olszański, Tadeusz A. (17 September 2014), Ukraine’s political parties at the start of the election campaign, OSW—Centre for Eastern Studies 
  2. ^ Кандидати, яких обрано депутатами рад . www.cvk.gov.ua (in Ukrainian). 15 November 2015. Archived from the original on 13 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Pietnoczka, Paweł (26 October 2014), "Ukraine's Elections: Where do they stand?", New Eastern Europe 
    Bateson, Ian (24 October 2014). "Civic Position hopes to scrape way into parliament". Kyiv Post. 
  4. ^ a b c (in Ukrainian) Політична партія „Громадянська позиція“, Database DA-TA
  5. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Політична партія „Могутня Україна“, Database ASD
  6. ^ a b c (in Ukrainian) Hritsenko will go on at the head of the party renamed?, Ukrayinska Pravda (February 12, 2010)
  7. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Results of the elections, preliminary data, on interactive maps by Ukrayinska Pravda (November 8, 2010)
  8. ^ Ukrainian Opposition Parties Mull Possible Coordination, Alliances, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (August 29, 2011)
  9. ^ (in Ukrainian) Гриценко збирається йти на вибори з Кличком, Ukrayinska Pravda (9 December 2011)
  10. ^ a b Civil Position party joins Ukraine's united opposition, Kyiv Post (20 June 2012)
  11. ^ Electoral moods of the population of Ukraine: December 2011, Rating (20 December 2011)
  12. ^ Electoral moods of the population of Ukraine: May 2012
  13. ^ (in Ukrainian) Соціально-християнська партія вирішила приєднатися до об'єднаної опозиції, Den (newspaper) (24 April 2012)
  14. ^ Opposition to form single list to participate in parliamentary elections, Kyiv Post (2 March 2012)
    (in Ukrainian) "ФРОНТ ЗМІН" ІДЕ В РАДУ З "БАТЬКІВЩИНОЮ", Ukrayinska Pravda (7 April 2012)
    Yatseniuk wants to meet with Tymoshenko to discuss reunion of opposition, Kyiv Post (7 April 2012)
  15. ^ (in Ukrainian) Tymoshenko and Yatsenyuk united ("Тимошенко та Яценюк об'єдналися"), Ukrayinska Pravda (23 April 2012)
  16. ^ Ukrainian opposition parties agree to form single list for 2012 elections, Kyiv Post (23 January 2012)
  17. ^ Opposition to form single list to participate in parliamentary elections, Kyiv Post (2 March 2012)
  18. ^ (in Ukrainian) Proportional votes Archived October 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. and Constituency seats Archived November 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine
    % of total seats, Ukrayinska Pravda
  19. ^ (in Ukrainian) Candidates, RBC Ukraine
  20. ^ Party of Regions gets 185 seats in Ukrainian parliament, Batkivschyna 101 - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (12 November 2012)
  21. ^ (in Ukrainian) Список депутатів нової Верховної Ради, Ukrayinska Pravda (11 November 2012)
  22. ^ Hrytsenko refused to sign statement of opposition Archived January 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., UNIAN (13.11.2012)
  23. ^ Sobolev: Front for Change and Reform and Order Party to join Batkivschyna, Interfax-Ukraine (11 June 2013)
    Front for Change, Reforms and Order to dissolve for merger with Batkivshchyna - Sobolev, Ukrinform (11 June 2013)
  24. ^ (in Ukrainian) Лідер «За Україну!» теж заявив, що не вступить в об’єднану опозиційну партію The leader of the "For Ukraine!" also said he did not join the united opposition party, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (15 June 2013)
    Batkivschyna demands Hrytsenko resign as MP, Interfax-Ukraine (18 June 2013)
  25. ^ MP Hrytsenko leaving Batkivschyna faction, Interfax-Ukraine ( January 2014)
    Batkivschyna faction leader expects Hrytsenko to resign from parliament, Interfax-Ukraine (14 January 2014)
  26. ^ Hrytsenko resigns from parliament, Interfax-Ukraine (17 January 2014)
  27. ^ (in Ukrainian) The party decided Gritsenko, who will go to Council, Ukrayinska Pravda (7 September 2014)
  28. ^ Hrytsenko's party gave to "Demalliance" two places in the top ten. LB. 7 September 2014
  29. ^ Poroshenko Bloc to have greatest number of seats in parliament Archived 2014-11-10 at the Wayback Machine., Ukrainian Television and Radio (8 November 2014)
    People's Front 0.33% ahead of Poroshenko Bloc with all ballots counted in Ukraine elections - CEC Archived November 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
    Poroshenko Bloc to get 132 seats in parliament - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
  30. ^ https://www.aldeparty.eu/en/news/ciudadanos-nowoczesna-nasa-stranka-and-civic-position-join-alde-party

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