Thursday, April 17, 2008

Yulia Opts for a Parliamentary System

In what is a bold and correct move Yulia Tymoshenko has opted to support a parliamentary system of governance.

This policy stance will result in further divisions and possible collapse of the Parliamentary governing coalition but it is the right decision.

A Full Parliamentary model is the best way forward.

In April 2007, one year from today, The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe recommended that Ukraine adopt a full parliamentary system of governance

If Ukraine wishes to integrate with other European States then it should also adopt a full European Parliamentary model.

Most, if not all, of the recent divisions and political instability been as a direct result of Yushchenko`s ongoing power struggle. Yes the amendments made in 2004 were not perfect BUT they were a step in the right direction.

Now is the time for Ukraine to complete the transition and to follow in the steps of other former Eastern European nations, all who have adopted a parliamentary `rule of law` democracy as as opposed to a presidential "rule by decree" authoritarian system. Whilst a full parliamentary model is the way forward the answer to Ukraine`s future lies in the detail of the model chosen and the type of electoral system used to elect the peoples representatives. Ukraine should look closely at Finland, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia (All parliamentary systems) for its guidance.


Tymoshenko believes Constitution of Ukraine should be changed

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko believes that the Constitution of Ukraine should be changed in favour of parliamentary republic. According to the government’s press-service, the Head of Ukrainian Government disclosed this taking the floor at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

“The time has come in Ukraine to change the Constitution, to make it balanced, harmonious and meeting the European principles,” Yulia Tymoshenko stressed. The Prime Minister told that now all branches of power and political forces are working at such changes and she hopes that the Parliament’s stand during voting for amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine will be consolidated.

Yulia Tymoshenko reported the Council of Europe that the Constitution of Ukraine includes 3 key positions which need to be changed. In, particular, according to her, it concerns reformation of legal system and distribution of the power’s responsibilities.

It is necessary to make Ukraine a traditional parliamentary republic as Europe’s experience shows”. As the Prime Minister says, the Constitutional changes are to introduce real control of the society over the power. Yulia Tymoshenko stated, that as for now consultations on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine are successful and forecasts that these changes will be adopted – “and this means that Ukraine will overcome one more stage toward democracy, strengthening of law supremacy”.