Friday, October 24, 2014

UDAR Party of Ukraine: Facts and Info

The Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (or UDAR, which means punch in English) is a center-right pro-European political party in Ukraine led by professional heavyweight boxer and current mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko.

The party was formed in April 2010, replacing the Nova Krayina (New Country) Party.
UDAR's platform is focused around transforming Ukrainian politics in line with "fundamental European values" and carrying out the social and economic reforms that would enable Ukraine to meet European standards.

With respect to the current Ukrainian crisis, the party stands for the end of the war in the Donbas without losing "a single part of Ukrainian territory", according to the party website.
Currently, there are more than 10,000 party members, with 41 members elected to the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, in the VII convocation (as of October 15, 2014).
Since September 2013, UDAR has held observer status in the European People's Party.
The UDAR Party has made the decision to support current President Petro Poroshenko's Block party in the parliamentary elections scheduled for Sunday.

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