Thursday, October 06, 2005

Yushchenko will not fight loss of own authority

This is probably the right thing to do--:: Yushchenko will not fight loss of own authority and deputy immunity :: Ukrayinska Pravda--especially for this reason:

"I gave my word that no destructive steps will be taken towards the constitutional initiatives in question. I do not want to challenge these amendments, because I do not want 47 million Ukrainians to think that Yushchenko is thinking about preserving his authority," assured the president.
I had thought earlier that it would be a good thing for him to repudiate the reforms because he was going to need all the power he could get. (I know, I know, that had the potential for making him a Ukrainian Putin and me a bit inconsistent. But if someone tells you one day to take an umbrella and on another not too, is it that his judgment is bad or does it have something to do with the weather?)

He might have been able to do it before, but clearly he can't do it now. And it might not be a bad idea anyway. Some reform is necessary and now might be as good a time as any. And to allow a president to take power to himself would not be moving in the right direction, even though it might be for good reasons and the person trustworthy.

Is there such a person really? Doesn't absolute power corrupt absolutely? Maybe not and yes it does but not in every single case. There are a few notable exceptions, George Washington for one. (Wasn't it Napoleon who said, "They expected me to be another Washington"?) But my argument was that the risk of ending up with the kind of system they had here was outweighed by the potential benefits that could come from effective and quick reforms. In other words, to risk that Yuschenko became another Kuchma was not much of a risk in the face of what could be gained if he did what he said he would do.

So I think he is right and I think he is doing the right thing. The "probably" is a nod to what I thought might be the good thing to do. Not realistic now even if it were the thing to have done.

1 comment:

ash said...

I think Mr. Yushenko's standpoint as for the reform may be quite simple and appealing now when he has remained the single most powerful figure in charge after Ms Tymoshenko's and Mr. Poroshenko's dismissals. He will try and is already trying to earn as many points as possible from the would-be improvements in our economy to be done by hands of his government and possible breakthroughs with the membership in WTO. Since he is the face of the PUOU or whatever his party is properly called these achievements will ensure the party's victory in the forthcoming election, and therefore reform or no reform he will have the decisive voice on the PM candidature in the post-election government, so there will be no immediate loss of the actual executive powers for the President. Assuming he succeeds now in getting some investors on board, bettering the overall economy and the WTO thing, the timing and the chances for such a plan to come true are nearly perfect. I think, now if he does not shoot himself in the foot resorting to half-measures in the economy he will come out as a winner. Which would be good for Ukraine, I believe