Conflicts within opposition reduce chances for joint observation within "The Right of Choice" campaign

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July 26, 2016 0:01

‘The Right of Choice’ election observation campaign, which united almost all opposition structures, has announced that it dismembered ‘Tell the Truth!’ campaign. After the 2015 presidential elections, opposition parties are attempting to keep away from ‘Tell the Truth!’ campaign and have expressed dissatisfaction with Karatkevich and her colleagues’ approaches to establishing a dialogue with the authorities. Yet another round of tensions among the opposition will have a negative impact on popular ratings of all opposition parties, regardless of their involvement in the conflict. In addition, conflicts in the opposition environment are likely to draw away potential activists who could participate in the election observation.

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