Posted 09 April 2007 - 01:30 PM
When Ukrainian parliamentarian and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko traveled to the United States last month, she boldly told the Washington Times that if the current administration, under the leadership of archrival Vikor Yanukovich, served out its full term to 2011, “there would be nothing left of a democratic Ukraine. The territory would still exist, but it would not be Ukraine any longer.” Less than a month later, her former Orange Revolution partner, President Viktor Yushchenko, dissolved parliament and called for early elections. Coincidence or influence? - Tatiana Serafin: http://www.nationalinterest.org/Article.aspx?id=13974
Large numbers of protestors in Kyiv's Independence Square (Maydan Nezalezhnosti) were crucial in motivating Yushchenko to dissolve parliament, just as they were crucial in the Orange Revolution. Speakers on the stage talked of how the current set up of corrupt politicians is preventing Ukraine from socio-economic development. The average salary remains below $1,000/year while the elite cruise around, a world apart from the typical citizen, in their blacked out Mercedes or Lexus. Many worry that dissolving parliament may not dissolve corruption as newly elected politicians are unlikely to be so different from those at present. Although the decision was made to dissolve parliament on April 2nd, Yanukovich's protests are currently preventing the dissolution from being implemented.
Here are the photos of the protests that led to the decision to dissolve parliament on April 2:
Just a few protestors, possibly paid for by President Yushchenko:
A mass gathering:
Yanukovich supporters showing their support for the existing parliament:
Posted 09 April 2007 - 11:41 PM
Posted 10 April 2007 - 05:47 PM
Posted 01 October 2007 - 08:44 PM
Yanukovich's Party of Regions has 33.90%,Tymoshenko's Party 31.00% and Yushchenko's Party 14.38%. It looks like Yanukovich's Party will not be able to form a coalition government as Tymoshenko and Yushchenko will get together and outnumber the opposition. This is good news for Ukrainian nationalists and those who want Ukraine to be more integrated in Europe and have less ties to Russia.
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