Democratic Alliance (Ukraine)

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Democratic Alliance
Leader Vasyl Gatsko[1][2]
Founded 2011 (2011)[1]
Headquarters Kiev
Ideology Christian democracy[1]
International affiliation Youth of the European People's Party[3]
Regions (2015)[4]
27 / 158,399
Kiev City Council
0 / 120
Website
http://www.dem-alliance.org/
Politics of Ukraine
Political parties
Elections

Democratic Alliance (Ukrainian: Демократичний альянс) is a political party in Ukraine, registered in September 2011, formed on an anti-corruption platform.[5][6]

History[edit]

Before becoming a political party Democratic Alliance was an youth organization.[7] The objective of the organization was "to form a new Christian-democratic, responsible, patriotic-oriented social and political elite of the country through the creation of conditions for the development, improvement and implementation of youth".[7]

The party has organized protests against corruption and fraud[8] and it took part in the Euromaidan protests.[9] Because of its involvement in various protests the party claimed that in May 2012 the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice attempted to eliminate its registration as a legal political party.[8] Members of the party have been arrested while taking part in protests.[10] Two party members were shot dead by Ukrainian security forces while participating in the deadly Euromaidan protests of February 2014.[11]

The party did not participate in the 2012 parliamentary elections.[12] During the Euromaidan protest movement, the party played an active role.[1]

In early June 2014, the Democratic Alliance denied membership to LGBT activist Bohdan Globa because the party did not believe he shared the view "that family is made up of a man and a woman" with the party.[1]

Early September 2014, it was established that the party would participate in the 2014 parliamentary election on the partly list of Civil Position.[13] For elections in single mandate constituencies, both parties participated separately.[14] In the election this combined party list failed to clear the 5% election threshold (it got 3.1% of the votes) and also both parties did not win a constituency seat and thus (both) no parliamentary seats.[15] In the 2014 Kiev local election of the same day, Democratic Alliance won 2 council seats.[16][17]

In the 2015 Kiev local election the party lost its seats in the Kiev City Council (it scored 4.56% of the vote).[18] The party won 27 seats in the (other) 2015 Ukrainian local elections.[4] In this election it did relevantly well in the Donbass.[19][20]

Political positions[edit]

Democratic Alliance’s platform calls for democracy and social justice, and for a society “based on human values, upholding the priority of human rights and freedoms”.[1]

The party is pro-European and anti-corruption.[1][21] The party wants to improve Ukrainian democracy,[21] make laws that ensure that police and prosecutors enforce the law fairly[21] and change public opinion in south and eastern Ukraine.[21]

According to party leader Vasyl Gatsko “Democratic Alliance is a Christian Democratic party. Our position is that family is made up of a man and a woman”.[1]

The party is popular among young voters.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Democratic Alliance denies membership to LGBT activist, Kyiv Post (4 June 2014)
  2. ^ "Thousands of civic activists have been absorbed by political parties with obscure financing", The Ukrainian Week (17 December 2015)
  3. ^ Euromaidan: 2 years later, Youth of the European People's Party (8 December 2015)
  4. ^ a b Кандидати, яких обрано депутатами рад. www.cvk.gov.ua (in Ukrainian). 15 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  5. ^ (Ukrainian) Basic data, DA-TA
  6. ^ (Ukrainian) Політична партія "Демократичний альянс", Ukrainian Ministry of Justice
  7. ^ a b (Russian) "ДемАльянс": В СБУ признали "собеседования" с активистами, LIGA (08.11.2010)
  8. ^ a b (Ukrainian) Державні реєстратори хочуть закрити борців з "Нафтогазом", Ukrayinska Pravda (May 8, 2012)
  9. ^ (Russian) Майдан готовит Януковичу вече, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (6 December 2013)
  10. ^ (Ukrainian) "ДемАльянс" попросив Януковича звільнити своїх активістів, Ukrayinska Pravda (April 15, 2013)
  11. ^ (English) EuroMaidan rallies in Ukraine (Feb. 21 live updates), Kyiv Post (February, 2014)
  12. ^ (Ukrainian) Results of voting in single constituencies in 2012 & Nationwide list, Central Election Commission of Ukraine
  13. ^ (Ukrainian) The party decided Gritsenko, who will go to Council, Ukrayinska Pravda (7 September 2014)
  14. ^ Hrytsenko's party gave to "Demalliance" two places in the top ten. LB. 7 September 2014
  15. ^ Poroshenko Bloc to have greatest number of seats in parliament, Ukrainian Television and Radio (8 November 2014)
    People's Front 0.33% ahead of Poroshenko Bloc with all ballots counted in Ukraine elections - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
    Poroshenko Bloc to get 132 seats in parliament - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
  16. ^ (Ukrainian) In Kyivrada are 9 parties - official results, Ukrayinska Pravda (3 June 2014)
    (Ukrainian) 60% of the new Kyivrada is filled by UDAR, Ukrayinska Pravda (4 June 2014)
  17. ^ (Ukrainian) UDAR has 75% of the constituencies in Kyivrada, Ukrayinska Pravda (3 June 2014)
    (Ukrainian) 60% of the new Kyivrada is filled by UDAR, Ukrayinska Pravda (4 June 2014)
  18. ^ http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2015/11/2/7087280/
  19. ^ http://ukrainianweek.com/Politics/151993
  20. ^ http://ukrainianweek.com/Politics/151996
  21. ^ a b c d EuroMaidan activists leave fledgling Maidan Civic Council, Kyiv Post (10 January 2014)

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