Monday, July 10, 2006

The End

After months of indecision and internal bickering with Ukraine facing a major constitutional crisis Orange partnership dissolves

Ukraine parliament announces end to "orange" coalition

Source: RAI Novisti

KIEV, July 10 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's west-leaning "orange" coalition has been formally dissolved, following one party's defection to a pro-Russian camp, the press service of the Ukrainian parliament said Monday.

The coalition, formed on June 22 by the pro-presidential Our Ukraine party, the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and the Socialist Party, collapsed last week as the Socialists withdrew to team up with the Party of Regions and the Communists. Their decision was prompted by the surprise election of Socialist leader Oleksandr Moroz as parliament speaker, a position originally promised to a member of President Viktor Yushchenko's party.

The parliamentary press service said the Supreme Rada had registered documents confirming the dissolution of the coalition and the formation of the new coalition that had already nominated Viktor Yanukovych, leader of the Party of Regions, as the country's prime minister.


Friday, July 07, 2006

President held to blame

Moroz places blame on the collapse of the Orange alliance on Ukraine's President

Ukraine's socialists accuse president over coalition collapse

Source: RAI Novosti 19:40
07/ 07/ 2006

KIEV, July 7 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's Socialist Party blames President Viktor Yushchenko for a virtual collapse of a coalition majority formed in the country's parliament in June, a party member said Friday.

Ivan Boky said, "The president ruined the coalition by nominating Petro Poroshenko for the post of [Supreme Rada] speaker."

The coalition of Western-leaning forces broke up when the Party of Regions, holding 186 seats in the Rada, and the Socialist and Communist parties with 33 and 21 seats respectively joined forces late Thursday to elect Socialist leader Oleksandr Moroz as speaker.

The three parties are currently holding talks on the formation of a new parliamentary coalition.

Boky said anarchy followed the collapse of the "orange" coalition that "ruined the economy and created political instability."

"Therefore, we had to assume responsibility and search for a way out of this situation," he added.

The Socialists were accused of breaching an agreement with its "orange" allies, pro-presidential Our Ukraine grouping and the bloc led by Yulia Tymoshenko, who was Ukraine's prime minister for eight months last year and is aspiring to the post again. The "orange" coalition, made up of the three parties that propelled Viktor Yushchenko to the presidency in the "orange revolution" of 2004, earlier planned Poroshenko, an Our Ukraine candidate, as Rada speaker.

Tymoshenko said earlier Friday that the "orange" coalition had ceased to exist and urged President Viktor Yushchenko to either approve a new coalition or dissolve the Rada.

The Rada, meanwhile, is to form the government by July 22. After this deadline the president is entitled to dissolve legislature and call new elections.


Deadline approachs

Ukraine faces the unkown and a major consitutional and political crisis as July 22 approaches

Ukraine president may dissukrolve Rada if no govt. formed by deadline

Source: RAI Novosti19:2507/ 07/ 2006
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KIEV, July 7 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said Friday he may dissolve the country's parliament if deputies fail to form a government by the July 22 deadline.

"To avoid debates over the political and legal legitimacy of elections of the Supreme Rada speaker or prime minister, we should stick exclusively to the provisions in the constitution," the president said. "Therefore, I would say that a threat of dissolving the parliament exists in this context."

Yushchenko also said he was concerned that talks in parliament may fall outside the framework of the country's constitution.

Under Ukrainian law, the president may dissolve parliament and call new elections if a new government is not formed after the dismissal of the old cabinet.


Moroz elected speaker

In a breakaway move Moroz supports move to fukrom a anti-crisis coalition to avoid consitutional crisis as 22 July nears

Ukrainian parliament elects Socialist leader as speaker

Source: RAI Novosti

KIEV, July 7 (RIA Novosti) - Leader of the Socialist Party Oleksandr Moroz is Ukraine's new parliamentary speaker.

Two hundred and thirty-eight deputies in the 450-seat house voted late Thursday in favor of Moroz, who occupied the post in 1994-1998.

The Supreme Rada resumed work Thursday after the opposition ended its the blockade of the rostrum and reached a compromise with the coalition majority. Yanukovych's Party of Regions had staged a sit-in since June 27 in protest against the allocation of Cabinet and Supreme Rada portfolios by the coalition of three Western-leaning groupings.

Deputies from former premier Yulia Tymoshenko's eponymous bloc and the pro-presidential Our Ukraine bloc refused to participate in the vote in protest against the Socialist faction. They claimed the Socialists had breached an "orange" coalition agreement, which had a provision to elect a candidate from pro-presidential Our Ukraine bloc as a speaker.

The three parties formed a coalition June 22 after three months of negotiations over key posts.

Representatives from the largely pro-Russia Party of Regions, which won the largest share of the March 26 parliamentary vote, said that Moroz's election as parliamentary speaker had drastically changed the balance of political forces in the Rada.

Now, the Party of Regions (186 deputies), the Communist Party (21 deputies), and the Socialist Party (33 deputies) can form a new coalition majority, although the Socialists have been rejecting this possibility so far.

The Rada is to form the government by July 22. After this deadline the president is entitled to dissolve legislature and call new elections, though President Viktor Yushchenko has already warned that holding new elections could be too costly.