Friday, May 01, 2009

Yushchenko to fade away?

Following president Yushchenko's appeal, Ukraine's Consitutional Court today decided that there are no legal grounds for him to disband Verkhovna Rada. He had claimed the current cabinet was not legally in power, because it had not resigned after the parliamentary coalition had been reshuffled.

The CC Chief Justice Andry Stryzhak, at a press conference, said that only the ruling coalition in parliament has the authority to form a new cabinet and appoint a new premier.

Everybody knows Yushchenko's term in office is drawing to a close. He and his associates are going the way of the Chesire Cat in this clip from 'Alice in Wonderland'. People will be looking to the future - it unlikely many decisions will go his way now on.


Anonymous said...

Ukraine, as much as Yuschenko mya wish to sweep the metter under the carpet, has not forgotten the events of 2007

There was no legal ground for Yuschenko in 2007 to dismiss the previous Parliament either.

In 2007 Yuschenko unconstitutionally and illegally interfered with Ukraine's Constitutional Court in order to prevent the Court from ruling against his decree.

Yushchenko's actions dragged Ukraine into political and civil unrest paralysing the nation for seven months, undermining Ukraine's economic and democratic development.

There are many lessons that should be learned from 2007. The main one is that political instability ois not good a a developing country. Ukraine paid a hefty price for Yuschenko efforts to destabilize Ukraine. Not satisfied with teh outciome of his own making Yuschenko continues to undermine Ukraine's success and its need for stable government.

Charles D. said...

Yushchenko may yet try and impose `Rule Forty-two. "All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.' After all its the oldest rule in the book.

elmer said...

Yushchenko dismissed the Parliament previously because the Party of Regions was buying up deputies from other factions in order to build up a veto-proof bloc of 300 votes, out of 450.

That is what was undemocratic - Kinakh and others selling themselves to the Party of Regions.

It is vile.

Yushchenko got rid of 2 constitutional court judges because they were corrupt.

Example - Susanna Stanik, whose mother mysteriously got $40 million worth of property. The timing of her mother's sudden largesse was also highly suspect.

Yushchenko is not anti-democratic. However, he lost the confidence of the people when he entered into the "universal agreement" and a "broad coalition" (shyrka) with the Party of Regions - the Kuchma-style thugs who had acquired their billions of dollars in corrupt privatization deals under Kuchma.

Yushchenko was also the victim of a Constitution that was changed in 2004 to strip the President of the powers that Kuchma had.

The Party of Regions/Kuchma thugs wanted to make sure that Yushchenko did not have those same powers - leading to inherent conflicts between the office of President and Parliament, and a dysfunctional government.

Of course, government under Kuchma was also dysfunctional - but it benefited clans of oligarch thugs. Freedom of the press was non-existent under Kuchma (example: the beheading of journalist and co-founder of Ukrainian Pravda, Georgiy Gongadze).

Yushchenko does indeed have very low poll ratings, and it is highly unlikely that he will be elected again.

But to pin all of the blame of dysfunctional Ukrainian government solely on Yushchenko is a false canard.

Anonymous said...

oh please Elmer, Tw wrongs do not make a right. If as you claim that Yushenko acted correctly, then why did he cont do so by applyiong the rule of law and Ukraine's constitution. (By the way he dismissed three judges not two)

The allegation of buying MP's and corrupt judges should be prosecuted by a proper process. If they had done what Yushchenko claimed they had done. No such action has taken place.

The timing and facts surrounding Yushchenko's actions makes it clear that his actions were done to destablise Ukraine.

Yushchenko's actions were designed to prevent the parliament from enacting constitutional reform and Ukraine becoming a parliamentary democracy in line with other European States.

Take another look at the specious arguments made by Yushchenko against the current parliament.

The previous parliament represented a majority of the democratically elected representatives. It also represented a majority of the Factions. In 2007 Yushchenko claimed he was "defending Ukraine's constitution and its "Imperative Mandate provisions". The current situation is that his won faction "Our Ukraine and the People-Self Defence" have rejected Yushchenko's policy of division and supported the retention of the Tymoschenko government. Yushchenkos argument is now looking very thin and shallow in deed.

His actions in 2007 were unconstitutional and illegal. His actions destablised Ukraine causing SEVEN MONTHS of political and civil unrest. Or have you forgotten that fact.

The man himself is corrupt and should have been impeached for his actions.

Sorry, YES the main cause for instability ion Ukraine today is Yushchenko. The sooner he is ousted from office the better off Ukraine and democracy will be.