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Our Ukraine
Наша Україна
Leader Victor Yushchenko (political leader)[1]
Vira Ulianchenko (head of the party's council)[2]
Founded March 5, 2005 (2005-03-05)
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Ideology Ukrainian national-democracy, conservatism
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation European People's Party (observer)
Official colours Orange
Website
http://www.razom.org.ua
Politics of Ukraine
Political parties
Elections

The Our Ukraine (Ukrainian: Наша Україна) (prior mid-July 2009 known as People's Union "Our Ukraine"[3]) is a centre-right political party of Ukraine formed in 2005. The party assumes a pro-presidential stance towards the incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko. People's Union "Our Ukraine" is currently an observer in the European People's Party.

Youth Union Our Ukraine is the youth wing of the party.

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History

The party is considered as the continuation of the electoral alliance the Viktor Yushchenko Bloc "Our Ukraine." The NSNU was formally launched on March 5, 2005 by the group of politicians appointed by incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko, but failed to attract most constituent parties that had been members of the previous bloc, which refused to be absorbed into the newly formed party.

The constituent congress, held in the capital Kiev and attended by 6,000 delegates from all the regions of Ukraine, elected Yushchenko as honorary chairman (who received membership card No.1). Former deputy Prime Minister Roman Bezsmertnyi was elected as the head of the party's Presidium and Yuriy Yekhanurov as head of the party's Central Executive Committee.

At the parliamentary elections conducted on March 26, 2006, the party took part in the newly formed Our Ukraine bloc. In the snap parliamentary elections conducted on September 30, 2007, the party was part of the Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc alliance, that won 72 out of 450 seats in the Verkhovna Rada.

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Recent History

In December 2008 to the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN) reported that the People's Union Our Ukraine and United Centre parties where to carry out a unifying congress on January 17, 2009. UNIAN also reported that the People's Democratic party may join the move[4]. However both events did not happen. In October 2008 the presidium of People’s Union Our Ukraine party had already decided not to team up with any other party for the proposed snap parliamentary poll then the Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc and had called the idea of teaming up with United Centre "impossible".[5][6]

The Kiev branch of the party decided not to take part in the party congres of June 2009 because the find the party "destructive".[7] The council of the Kiev city branch, headed by Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc MP Mykola Martynenko quit the party with a unanimous majority on July 1, 2009. They put out a statement that read: "The 7th party congress has buried the last hopes of Our Ukraine party members in Kyiv for the democratic development of Our Ukraine...Unfortunately, the servicing of the political egoism of party chairman Viktor Yushchenko has finally become the purpose of the party's existence".[8] August 19, 2009 Viktor Yushchenko's support rating in recent opinion polls has slumped to 3.8% following his unpopularity with the Ukrainian public.[9] [10]

The party intends to take part in the next Ukrainian parliamentary election.[11]

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