Wednesday, December 17, 2008

NUNS declare independence from Yushchenko

Reducing President's influence over the government

Our Ukraine - Peoples Self Defence (NUNS) have signed the agreement with Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko and Bloc Lytvyn to reform a Governing Coalition and in the process has sidelined Victor Yushchenko and his head of staff Viktor Baloha. The decision to reunite the factions was opposed by Ukraine's President who continued to advocate the Parliament's dismissal.

Had fresh parliamentary election been held,based on current public opinion polls the presidents party Our Ukraine would have been decimated and ran the risk of losing representation in the new parliament.

By reforming the coalition NUNS hopes to provide stability and remain in a position of infulgence as opposed to being sidelined on the side benches.

The Party has struck out in opposition and declared independence from its former leader and President of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko. There is wide speculation that NUNS no longer believe that Yushchenko or his secretariat are acting in the countries best interest. Yushchenko had overplayed his hand and his potential to lead the party or be re-elected to a second term of office is non existent. By seeking to distance themselves from the President they hope to regain public confidence and once again position themselves to play a meaningful role in the Ukraine's development.

The signing of the agreement yesterday heralded a significant power shift in the President's faction which included the resignation of Yushchenko's closest parliamentary advisors, Viacheslav Kyrylenko, and his deputy Roman Zvarych.

The new coalition has a new name “National Development, Stability, and Order”.