Ex-President Kravchuk: Snap Elections Will Not Help Ukraine Find Way Out Of Crisis

KIEV, Ukraine -- First Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk has said that it is necessary to amend Ukraine's electoral law before holding snap parliamentary and presidential elections, as a means of bringing the country out of the crisis.

First Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk.

"Snap elections are unnecessary. The recent [snap parliamentary] elections [of 2007] were unfruitful. It is necessary to amend electoral law to hold the elections," the Korrespondent magazine quoted him as answering questions from visitors to the Korrespondent web site.

Kravchuk criticized the current system of closed lists of candidates participating in elections and called for the introduction of open lists.

"If the elections are held under the current law, I will not participate in them, and I will call on other people to boycott them, because this will be another political trick, which might bring Ukraine into another, more serious political confrontation," he said.

He said that Ukraine would sooner or later settle the crisis and added this crisis had been created artificially.

Source: Kyiv Post