Party of Free Democrats

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The Party of Free Democrats (Ukrainian: Партія Вільних Демократів) is a political party in Ukraine led by Mykhaylo Brodskyy.[1] It was registered in November 1999 as Yabluko (Ukrainian: Яблуко; Apple).[2] The party has about 1,000 members.[3]


Former logo

Mykhaylo Brodskyy (a member of the Hromada faction) formed a 14-member "Yabluko" faction in the Ukrainian Parliament mid-September 2000.[4]

At the parliamentary elections on 30 March 2002, the party won 1.2% of the popular vote and no seats (as Yabluko).[2]

In March 2005, the party was self-liquidated and merged into Fatherland Party (Batkivschuna) led by Yulia Tymoshenko.[5] But in March 2007 Mykhaylo Brodskyy announced the renewal of the party; renaming it Party of Free Democrats.[5]

On 30 September 2007, elections, the party failed again to win parliamentary representation.[2]

The party nominated Brodskyy as its candidate for President of Ukraine in the 2010 Ukrainian presidential elections late October 2009.[1][6]

During the 2010 Ukrainian local elections, the party won representatives in municipalities and did particularly well in Cherkasy.[7]

In the 2010 local elections, the party won 1 representative in the regional parliaments of the Cherkasy Oblast and 14 seats in the city council of Cherkasy.[8]

In the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election the party competed in/for 1 constituency (seat);[9] but it lost in it and thus missed parliamentary representation.[10]

The party did not participate in the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[11]

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