YANUKOVYCH VOWS TO SWITCH TO 'HARSH OPPOSITION.' defeated presidential candidate Yanukovych said in an interview published in"Izvestiya" of 28 December that he is not going to cooperate with Yushchenko "under any circumstances." He stressed that he will go into opposition if Yushchenko is eventually declared president. "We will go to harsh opposition," Yanukovych said. "We will get a majority in parliament and will in this way pressure Yushchenko....The objective of our harsh opposition will be to win the 2006 parliamentary election. We need to win a majority in the Verkhovna Rada and form a coalition government
of our own."
Maybe it's just the translation and the meaning is really "strong opposition," but I find there to be some truth in it anyway. The only thing different is that he is going from incumbent party to the opposition. The "harsh" remains the same.
From RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 8, No. 241, Part II, 28 December 2004.