Only 10 NUNS deputies supported a PoR-sponsored no confidence motion in the Tymoshenko-led government in the Ukrainian parliament today. Amongst the 10 were presidential secretariat head Viktor Baloha's 'Yedyniy Tsentr' group, and Yushchenko's brother Petro.
The numbers are very bad news for the president. The pro-presidential NUNS entered the current parliament with 72 deputies in Autumn 2007. With an ever-receding power base, the chances of a second presidential term for Yushchenko are almost nil.
PoR are to hold a party conference, maybe next month, to decide where they go from here.
Meanwhile Viktor Baloha describes Tymoshenko's progress report delivered before parliament today as having "all the characteristics of a theatrical production with elements of fantasy"; and "of representing the country as a fairytale state where all the good things are performed by a magic fairy".
"Yu.Tymoshenko utilised all of her actor's talents and clever juggling of facts to remove resposibility for personal failings in the economy," added Baloha. [Isn't this what all politicians do?]