Presidential candidate Arsenii Yatseniuk is not interested in the posts of prime minister, governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, and speaker of the parliament.
Yatseniuk announced this at a press conference on Saturday.
“I am not interested in the post of prime minister, I am not interested in the post of minister of foreign affairs, governor of the National Bank, speaker of the parliament. That is not why I am going to contest the elections, that is not why this political party was created. I do not intend to support anyone,” Yatseniuk said.
He ruled out the possibility of accepting the post of prime minister if the post is offered to him after the presidential elections because this would go against the will of voters.
“I do not intend to use votes as a bargaining material because if people vote for me and I go to this political bazaar to exchange it for the post of prime minister, then it means I am a political traitor and a small-time trader who takes other people’s votes and exchanges them for a post. That will not happen,” Yatseniuk said.
He stressed again that he would dissolve the parliament after the presidential elections if he won the elections.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Front for Change (Front Zmin) political party elected Yatseniuk to replace Andrii Ivanchuk as its leader at the party’s congress on Saturday.
Yatseniuk is also the leader of the Front for Change civil initiative.
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is also a candidate in the 2010 presidential elections, has said that incumbent President Viktor Yuschenko is technically contesting the 2010 presidential elections on behalf of Yatseniuk.
The presidential elections are scheduled for January 17, 2010. – Ukrainian News.
Ok Mr Yatseniuk, very fine speach…….however you have somewhere between 6% and 9% of the vote……..so nowhere near enough to make it to the final run off. You are still a “small time trader” in Ukrainian politics.
You are going to turn down the posts of Prime Minister, Governor of the NBU, Foreign Office, Speaker etc etc etc………with no chance of winning and publicly saying you will not take another top job, what exactly are you offering your voting base?
They will vote for you and you will not accept a position of power in which you can influence the country on their behalf?
This is a way to thank them for their belief and support?
When you are defeated in the first round, you will not offer an opinion to those who voted for you as to who you think is better able to lead Ukraine from the most popular of the remaining 2 candidates?
This is the leadership that you want them to follow? If I am not President, I don’t want anything else and I don’t care who you vote for from the remaining 2 candidates in the final round?
Why would I vote for someone who will take their bat and ball home if they do not win the raffle and leave me wondering who is the lesser of 2 evils in the final round?
It is not the attitude of someone fit to be President if you will not lead the 6% – 9% of the country which supports you, towards what you consider the better of the remaining candidates…….after all they believe in YOU.