Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Lutsenko declares support for Yushchenko but failed to offer support to Yulia

Our Ukraine- People ’s Self Defense bloc leader Yuriy Lutsenko has pledged his loyalty to Viktor Yushchenko in the lead-up to the 2009 Ukrainian Presidential elections but fails to offer or indicate his support for Prime-minister following the expected September 30 elections.

Speculation is rife that Our Ukraine will seek to oust Yulia Tymoshenko from PM's spot.

Lutsenko has ruled out his nomination for the Prime-ministers job leaving open the position for an Our Ukraine nominee by the president.

Meanwhile the opposition continues to try to build its image by promoting itself as a united democratic pro-west force. The use of such labeling is questionable given the president's attacks on Ukraine's democratic institutions and his unconstitutional dismissal of Ukraine's democratically parliament.

To help counteract and soften the criticism that the president has acted autocratically the president has indicated that he is prepared to support Viktor Yanukovych right to become Prime-minister leaving open the door to suggestions of a grand coalition should the September poll not produce the desired outcome.