Member of the new-elected council of the OU party Mykola Katerynchuk is satisfied with the decisions of the Our Ukraine congress, in particular, as regards election of the council of the party.

“That is highest possible decision, which was made,” he said.

Katerynchuk added that it was managed to convince the delegates to make a decision as regards oppositional status of the party. “I’d like it to be possible to convince the society as well that we have renewed,” he noted.

Member of the presidium of the Our Ukraine party Petro Poroshenko considers that “a person, who will be able to unite the party,” must be elected for the post of the leader of the party, as Poroshenko stated in an interview to “Izvestia in Ukraine.”

Poroshenko specified that “it is needed to visit regions and ask people which OU politician enjoys the most support”. The deputy added that the party intends to conduct this procedure “before spring”.

As a reminder, The People's Union Our Ukraine party's congress closed two ours before midnight on Saturday after running for eleven hours.

The delegates backed the decision to join the opposition, but the ballots cast in a vote fell short of the minimum, required to change the party's name to Our Ukraine. The procedure of electing leader sparked heated debates, especially the proposal for electing leader by the congress, not by the party's council.

President Viktor Yushchenko remains honorary president of the party, set up in spring 2005.

The delegates also elected a new council, which has 214 members now, compared with the previous 185. Most members of the old council were re-elected.


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