Friday, July 07, 2006

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.

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