Pre-term majoral and local government elections will take place in Kyiv at the end of May. No agreed joint candidate has been chosen yet to stand on behalf of the orange forces, but the boxer Vitaliy Klychko has put his name forward, and Oleksandr Turchynov's name has been 'pencilled in' also. Turchynov is currently deputy PM, and one of Yulia Tymoshenko's closest associates.
'Kommentarii' highlights the 'wheeling and dealing' and intrigues around who the orange nominee could be, if indeed a unified candidate can be found.
Yulia Tymoshenko and ByuT are ready to support Vitaliy Klychko, if the President agrees to their program of government, and also concedes on cadre changes in the State Property Fund, Securities and Stock Market Commission, and in the Anti-Monopoly Committee [i.e. so she can get her way on privatizations]. BYuT are intending to nominate their candidate on 11th April.
BYuT calculate that they will obtain a majority in the Kyiv city council independent of other partners anyway, so they will have control over any mayor that is not 'theirs' in any case. There are many important 'businessmen' trying to ensure that their man, whoever it may be, emerges victorious to provide a 'krysha' for their money-making schemes in Kyiv.
'Ekonomicheskie Izvestia' reports BYuT have referred gas disputes between the President and the government for resolution by the Constitutional Court.
VR deputy Andriy Portnov, one of BYuT's legal experts, and 52 of his BYuT colleagues have turned to the Constitutional Court to assess the fundamental law of some of the President Viktor Yushchenko's recent decrees on questions of "measures for the guarantee of stable functioning and development of the market for natural gas". In other words, to resolve who is really to be in charge of negotiations with Russia and Gazprom in these matters.
Portnov stated: "It is important to determine the differentiation of authority, [and] the distribution of authority, including [those associated] with resolution of gas questions," adding, "There is no politics here".
The words of the deputy are not persuasive against the background of continuous bickering since the beginning of the year between the Kabmin and the President's secretariat on the resolution of key state problems, not only on questions of gas, but also in the privatization and judicial system spheres.