Democratic Alliance (Ukraine)

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Democratic Alliance
Leader Svitlana Zalishchuk and Vasyl Gatsko (co-chair)[1]
Founded 2011 (2011)[2]
Headquarters Kiev
Ideology Christian democracy[2][3]
Political position Center-right[3]
International affiliation Youth of the European People's Party[4]
Regions (2015)[5]
27 / 158,399
Kiev City Council
0 / 120
Website
http://www.dem-alliance.org/

Democratic Alliance (Ukrainian: Демократичний альянс) is a political party in Ukraine, registered in September 2011, formed on an anti-corruption platform.[6][7]

History[edit]

Before becoming a political party Democratic Alliance was an youth organization.[8] 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".[8]

The party has organized protests against corruption and fraud[9] and it took part in the Euromaidan protests.[10] 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.[9] Members of the party have been arrested while taking part in protests.[11] Two party members were shot dead by Ukrainian security forces while participating in the deadly Euromaidan protests of February 2014.[12]

The party did not participate in the 2012 parliamentary elections.[13] During the Euromaidan protest movement, the party played an active role.[2]

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.[2]

Early September 2014, it was established that the party would participate in the 2014 parliamentary election on the partly list of Civil Position.[14] For elections in single mandate constituencies, both parties participated separately.[15] 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.[16] In the 2014 Kiev local election of the same day, Democratic Alliance won 2 council seats.[17][18]

In the 2015 Kiev local election the party lost its seats in the Kiev City Council (it scored 4.56% of the vote).[19] The party won 27 seats in the (other) 2015 Ukrainian local elections.[5] In this election it did relevantly well in the Donbass.[20][21]

Political positions[edit]

According to party leader Vasyl Gatsko "Democratic Alliance is a Christian Democratic party".[2][3]

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".[2]

The party is pro-European and anti-corruption.[2][22] The party wants to improve Ukrainian democracy,[22] make laws that ensure that police and prosecutors enforce the law fairly[22] and change public opinion in south and eastern Ukraine.[22]

the party opposes same-sex marriages as Gatsko explained "Our position is that family is made up of a man and a woman".[2]

The party is popular among young voters.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://pda.pravda.com.ua/news/id_7114245/
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Democratic Alliance denies membership to LGBT activist, Kyiv Post (4 June 2014)
  3. ^ a b c (Ukrainian) Democrats in a new way: a report from Congress 'Democratic Alliance', RBC Ukraine (10 July 2016)
  4. ^ Euromaidan: 2 years later, Youth of the European People's Party (8 December 2015)
  5. ^ a b Кандидати, яких обрано депутатами рад. www.cvk.gov.ua (in Ukrainian). 15 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  6. ^ (Ukrainian) Basic data, DA-TA
  7. ^ (Ukrainian) Політична партія "Демократичний альянс", Ukrainian Ministry of Justice
  8. ^ a b (Russian) "ДемАльянс": В СБУ признали "собеседования" с активистами, LIGA (08.11.2010)
  9. ^ a b (Ukrainian) Державні реєстратори хочуть закрити борців з "Нафтогазом", Ukrayinska Pravda (May 8, 2012)
  10. ^ (Russian) Майдан готовит Януковичу вече, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (6 December 2013)
  11. ^ (Ukrainian) "ДемАльянс" попросив Януковича звільнити своїх активістів, Ukrayinska Pravda (April 15, 2013)
  12. ^ (English) EuroMaidan rallies in Ukraine (Feb. 21 live updates), Kyiv Post (February, 2014)
  13. ^ (Ukrainian) Results of voting in single constituencies in 2012 & Nationwide list, Central Election Commission of Ukraine
  14. ^ (Ukrainian) The party decided Gritsenko, who will go to Council, Ukrayinska Pravda (7 September 2014)
  15. ^ Hrytsenko's party gave to "Demalliance" two places in the top ten. LB. 7 September 2014
  16. ^ 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)
  17. ^ (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)
  18. ^ (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)
  19. ^ http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2015/11/2/7087280/
  20. ^ http://ukrainianweek.com/Politics/151993
  21. ^ http://ukrainianweek.com/Politics/151996
  22. ^ a b c d EuroMaidan activists leave fledgling Maidan Civic Council, Kyiv Post (10 January 2014)

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