Thursday, August 03, 2006

Ukraine's political crisis comes to an end

Ukraine's Viktor Yushchenko accepts Parliament's nomination of Viktor Yanukovich as Prime Minister

Ukraine's Viktor Yushchenko accepts Parliament's nomination of Viktor Yanukovich as Prime Minister

Viktor Yanukovich nomination was submitted to the Present of Ukraine following the breakdown of negotiations between Our Ukraine and other "orange" coalition partners. faced with a major political and constitution crisis Olexander Moroz and the Socialist party of Ukraine abandoned coalition talks with Our Ukraine and supported the formation of the anti-crisis coalition headed by Viktor Yanukovich resulting in the formation of an anti-crisis coalition representing a majority of elected members of Parliament.

The President faced with reality had no other alternative but to consent to the nomination of his past rival and accept the determination of the elected parliament. Under the provision of Ukraine's Constitution a governing coalition must be formed within a specified period or face being dissolved and the need for fresh elections. With time running out the formation of an anti-crisis coalition was necessary to avoid major constitutional and political crisis and a loss of confidence and possible civil unrest.

Viktor Yushchenko is reported as having said "there were several ways to end the parliamentary crisis but neither “would have changed the results of the parliamentary ballot."

The President's party. "Our Ukraine" received only 14% support in the March elections. Internal pooling indicated that if a fresh election was held Our Ukraine would receive even less support with a likely outcome of fresh elections failing to provide a different outcome. Fresh elections would have cost Ukraine 100's of millions of dollars.


Ukraine's Yushchenko supports Yanukovich for PM post


Victor Yushchenko told journalists he would back the candidature of Viktor Yanukovych for post of Prime Minister of Ukraine, president's press office informed.

“I do understand that in the east and in the west of Ukraine results of the March vote, as well as any candidate for prime minister, arouse much controversy. I urge the nation to accept this decision, for we may now be given a unique chance to make the two banks of the Dnieper reach understanding,” he said.

“Today I am demonstrating another chance to reunite the country. I am taking this step towards parliament and hope it will use this chance constructively for the prosperity of the nation,” he said. “We have a unique chance enabling Ukraine’s parliament to work stably for five years. Will the political forces use this chance? Well, it is a question to them. But the President gives his hand to parliament, […] and gives it a chance to carry out these policies.”

Yushchenko said there were several ways to end the parliamentary crisis but neither “would have changed the results of the parliamentary ballot.”

"The March election has, in fact, proved that Ukraine has two poles in its choice. If new elections had been called, we would have received similar results,” he explained.

The President added we had “a chance to start implementing the course we declared in Maidan from scratch - the course enabling us to be politically tolerant and speak about goals that unite us…”

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