Saturday, September 26, 2009

Yushchenko's plan to disrupt the elections begins to unravel as support drops away

Ukraine president, Viktor Yushchenko has shown signs that his proposed plan to disrupt Ukraine's Presidential election and further destabilize Ukraine's economy may be beginning to lose support. Days after Yushchenko had lodged an appeal in Ukraine's Constitutional Court against the Law on the Presidential election Yushchenko's Constitutional voice, Maryna Stavniychuk, has issued the first sign of backing down.

The deputy head of the presidential secretariat stated.

"It is obvious that there are no serious political or legal grounds to consider the issue of the possible disruption of the presidential elections in Ukraine"

This is a clear indication that Ms Stavniychuk may have been given intel that the Constitutional Court will reject Yushchenko's appeal as not having any substance. The head of the Constitutional Court has stated that the Court will not be considering Yushchenko's appeal as a matter of urgency. It is also likely that Yushchenko has been advised that any attempt to disrupt the election would not be supported by the international community.

The other issue of concern is the announcement that the President of Ukraine will once again seek to block supply and misuse his authority to reject Ukraine's budget. If this happens Yushchenko will cause a major constitutional and financial crisis and loss of confidence weeks before the Presidential poll.

Many western countries have removed or seriously limited the ability of the head of state to block supply and reject a government's budget, the reason being that it is a power that is widely open to abuse.

Yushchenko is still languishing in the polls and in spite his claims that he will win the next election his support rating remains in single digits and he is not considered a player or a serious contender.