Interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko [who is also head of the Narodna Samooborona faction of the NU-NS block], in a Radio interview yesterday, claimed that on May 30th the National Security and Defence Council will pass a resolution on the the unsatisfactory perfomance of the government. Members of the government have been invited by Council Secretary Raisa Bohatyryova to attend the NSDC meeting on that date.
"On the 30th, whether the government will turn up or not, obviously, they plan to deliver a verdict on the unsatisfactory performance of the government. After this, in parliament, they will vote for its resignation. Taking into account Baloha's group of troublemakers, who have about 15 votes inside NUNS, they can vote it through," stated Lutsenko.
"Tymoshenko will become acting Head of Government, we all will become an acting government, and after this, probably a new coalition will be formed," he suggested.
Lutsenko made similar claims again in a Channel 5 TV interview. Depending on the results of today's politically important Kyiv mayoral and city council elections, a reformation of the VR ruling coalition could take place.
"Final consultations are taking place right now, and next week [a non session week for parliament] will be used to prepare the 'shyrka' [broad coalition]. A internal political take-over is being prepared in parliament. They want to give back power to shadows from the past."
A couple of days ago, at a public meeting, Tymoshenko and Lutsenko jointly declared they had agreed that the BYuT candidate for Kyiv mayor, Oleksandr Turchynov, was the sole BYuT/NUNS candidate for mayor. Today head of NUNS political council, Vyacheslav Kyryenko denied this.
"This is the personal opinion of Yuriy Vitaliyovych, which, unfortunately will not help unite the democrats in Kyiv. Having come to the polling stations on Sunday, voters will see that the number of candidates on their ballot slips have not changed, and the current city head is being opposed by a whole number of candidates from the democratic forces," explained Kyrylenko.
Meanwhile, the Prosecutor General, on 26th May, is intending to dismiss Lutsenko, according to head of the parliamentary commission for tackling organized crime and corruption, NU deputy Hennadiy Moskal. He claims that the president's secretariat is behind this.
A confused picture, to say the least.
In elections since the O.R. BYuT has consistently performed above expectations. If this trend continues in today's voting in Kyiv LEvko thinks the current administration should be safe for a while yet. But if they don't..big battles for power, and maybe a constitutional crisis lie ahead. The problem for Yushchenko is that the pro-presidential NU-NS project is coming apart at the seams. The NS portion, lead by Lutsenko is all but detached already, and lesser partners, e.g. former Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk's 'Narodnyi Rukh Ukrainy', are drifting closer to BYuT too.