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Tymoshenko was brought to Maydan on hands

Posted by the Editor on November 22, 2005


News / 22 November 2005 | 21:00

Tymoshenko was brought to Maydan on hands

Tymoshenko was brought to Maydan on hands

Ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko was brought to Maydan on hands. People were carring her over heads of those, who came for celebration of the “orange revolution” anniversary, ForUm’s correpspondent reported.

Before Tymoshenko took the floor, people had welcomed her with enthusiastic and triumphant shouts and were crying out “Yulia! Yulia!”.

During her speech, Tymoshenko noted that if citizens of Ukraine hoped for easy process of democracy formation, they were mistaken. Besides, she warned that Yanukovich’s supporters have a big chance to gain revenge now, and that against a background of discredit of the new power “appears a strong figure of the man,  who, as we thought, has gone into non-existence.”

Former PM considers that during parliamentary elections the people will elect not deputies to Vekhovna Rada, but “head of the state, in fact.”

According to Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian people should pull all its political forces together and realize them during the elections.

Ex-PM of Ukraine declared that she would never be against President Victor Yushchenko.

“I want to refute all senseless rumour that Tymoshenko is somehow against Yushchenko. Victor Yushchenko is the President, whom I brought to power along with you,” stressed Tymoshenko during the speech.

According to her, split of the power does not mean defeat. “We may not stop half-way,” said Tymoshenko and added that “the process of the power cleaning proceeds painfully”.

She noted that “the last year’s revolution was only the first attack for the true democracy reigns in Ukraine.”

“I would do the same what we have done a year ago over and over again,” said Tymoshenko summarizing her speech.

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50,000 people come to celebrate the Orange Revolution Day

Posted by the Editor on November 22, 2005


News / 22 November 2005 | 18:53

50,000 people come to celebrate the Orange Revolution Day

50,000 people come to celebrate the Orange Revolution Day

Kyiv downtown is crowded with people. They all want to see the President of Ukraine and the Orange team. The law enforcement agencies totally controlled the situation.

The streets leading to Maydan are partially or completely blocked by the police and the special divisions.

“We are ready for any provocations,” said the police chief.

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk expressed thanks to US supporters of Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on November 22, 2005


News / 22 November 2005 | 17:49

Borys Tarasyuk

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk expressed thanks to US supporters of Ukraine

The letters full of thankfulness were sent to the US Senator for Indiana Richard Lugar, the US Congressman Sander Levin and the Chairman of the US-Ukrainian Congress Committee Mikhail Savkiv. Ukraine appreciated their support and promotion of its interests.

Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk is confident the US-Ukraine relationships will be developed according to the principles of the partnership and mutual understanding. “Our countries will remain strategic partners on the path leading to the democracy and stability in the world,” stressed Tarsyuk.

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President met with Armenian speaker

Posted by the Editor on November 22, 2005


News / 22 November 2005 | 17:14

President met with Armenian speaker

President met with Armenian speaker

Victor Yushchenko met with Parliamentary Speaker Arthur Bahdasaryan of Armenia.

The sides discussed economic and political cooperation between the two states.

Ukraine’s First Vice Speaker Adam Martynyuk, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Armenia Oleksandr Bozhko, and Armenian Ambassador to Ukraine Armen Khachatryan took part in the meeting.

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The Orange Anniversary costs $840,000

Posted by the Editor on November 22, 2005


News / 22 November 2005 | 16:39

The Orange Anniversary costs $840,000

The Orange Anniversary costs $840,000

Ukraine may spend $840,000 for the celebration, the Head of NSNU Political Party Roman Bezsmertny told.
 
The sum is laid out by NSNU bank accounts. During the Revolution, the charitable donations supporting the protesters were transferred to the NSNU accounts. The total amount of the party money makes $2.4 million.

He denied the rumours on Berezovsky’s financial support being transferried to NSNU bank accounts.

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Kyiv to host the International Forum

Posted by the Editor on November 22, 2005


News / 22 November 2005 | 16:10

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Kyiv to host the International Forum

Foreign Ministry of Ukraine did not invite foreign guests to Orange Anniversary. “There were not official invitations sent to foreign supporters of Revolution,” said an official in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile, Kyiv will host lots of foreign investors and politicians in the beginning of December. The meeting of Ukrainian officials and foreign representatives is to take place in the Forum “The Democratic Choice Association.” Georgian, Romanian, Slovenian, Moldavian and Baltic leaders confirmed their participation in the Forum. The representatives of the USA, Poland and Bulgaria are expected to come. The envoys of UNO, OSCE and EU Council will tae part in the meeting.

The Forum will be held on November 30 – December 3.

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Tymoshenko: President is ‘too weak’ to cancel reform

Posted by the Editor on November 22, 2005


News / 22 November 2005 | 15:50

President is 'too weak' to cancel reform

Tymoshenko: President is ‘too weak’ to cancel reform

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said that President Victor Yushchenko and his team are too weak to abolish constitutional reform due on 1 January 2006 which will cut presidential powers in favour of the prime minister and parliament.

In an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine, Tymoshenko insisted that a new constitution should be passed through a nationwide referendum, as the imminent constitutional changes were hastily approved to resolve the deadlocked presidential election in 2004.

 
“All changes to the constitution and amendments to the election law were made by means of lobbying and compromise. Some lobbied while others then pictured some kind of ugly compromise.” Tymoshenko harshly criticized the constitutional amendments, saying that the new structure of government is “not a parliamentary model but a lack of any system”.

“The negative aspects include a lack of monitoring, a lack of responsibility and concentration of power in one set of parliamentary hands,” Tymoshenko said, adding that “several leaders of parties will simultaneously appoint the executive, the chief prosecutor, the Accounting Chamber and the leadership of the legislature”.

Tymoshenko described as a “pleasant aspect” the fact that “apart from electing the president in a nationwide election, citizens will also be able to elect the prime minister, as it is obvious that the political force which will muster the majority of votes in the parliamentary election will form the executive, the parliamentary majority and all other areas.

At the same time, Tymoshenko said that the prime minister will have a limited influence on members of a coalition government. “This is a unique situation when it is unclear in what way will the prime minister lead her diverse team, as each minister will have several bosses. This is primarily the party leader, and also, on the other hand, the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada.

The prime minister will come third as a minister’s supervisor, while the president will occupy no place at all,” Tymoshenko said. She added that after the election the main responsibility for the situation in the country will rest with MPs who “will de facto manage the country on an everyday basis”.

Tymoshenko did not rule out the possibility that the majority that will be created after the election “may be created just to be created again in six months’ time and to be created yet again in another six months’ time, which will also entail changes in the government”.

She also said that local councillors’ immunity should be abolished and local councils should be formed only by parties which get into parliament in order to strengthen the central government’s role following the reform.

“Parties of local importance may get into all local councils. On the other hand, all those who will get there will have immunity, that is, they will be immune to any actions by security structures. Third, there already exists the experience of creating executive committees in regional and city councils, which practically finalize the self-contained nature of this chain of authority. What does this mean?

This means that there will remain virtually no central influence on local governments, because a strong city council, district council and regional council will put any governor and any head of a state district administration in their place within three minutes’ time,” Tymoshenko said.

In this respect, she insisted on the abolition of local councillors’ immunity and on the return to the first-past-the-post system in local elections, and “if this is impossible, on the formation of local councils only by parties which overcome a [three-per-cent] barrier to the Verkhovna Rada”.

“I see with a sinking heart what will happen after this parliamentary election if we fail to make at least elementary amendments to centralize power,” Tymoshenko said.

But she expressed “absolute confidence” that political reform will come into force on 1 January, “because the president and his team are too weak at present to change so radically the course of political events and abolish the reform”.

 
“Should the president have retained the unity of the team, society’s trust would have been retained at a level it was during the revolution and there would have been enough political will and strength to prove that this reform was introduced not quite legally,” Tymoshenko said.
 
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Fans, critics, start descending on Kyiv for Orange Revolution anniversary

Posted by the Editor on November 22, 2005


News / 22 November 2005 | 15:10

Fans, critics, start descending on Kyiv for Orange Revolution anniversary

Fans, critics, start descending on Kyiv for Orange Revolution anniversary

By Mara D. Bellaby, Associated Press

Supporters and critics of President Viktor Yushchenko began descending Monday on the Ukrainian capital to mark the first anniversary of the Orange Revolution amid complaints that he has not kept his promises.

Festivities were due to begin on Tuesday, but as workers put the finishing touches on a giant stage on Independence Square, the curious, the supportive and the angry began to gather.

“Last year’s revolution was about freedom, about standing up and being proud of who we are,” said Oleksandr Samulyn, 35, who came with a large group from western Ukraine, a pro-Yushchenko stronghold.

However, results from an opinion poll released Monday showed that 55 percent of Ukrainians did not support having a big celebration to mark the start of the massive protests of election fraud that helped usher Yushchenko into power and became known as the Orange Revolution.

Disappointment has taken hold, and many complain that Yushchenko has not lived up to his Independence Square pledges to fight corruption, restore trust in the government and improve living standards after the decade-long rule of his predecessor, Leonid Kuchma.

Yushchenko was elected in December in a repeat presidential election runoff ordered by the Supreme Court.

Some veterans of last year’s pro-Yushchenko tent camps once again erected a dozen of the structures on Independence Square, but this time as a sign of protest.

“We wanted to stake out a place for the people because this should be our chance to ask questions and the government to answer,” said Oleh Bondarenko, 35, who said he helped secure the opposition’s stage during last year’s protests. “What went wrong?”

Oleksandr Chuprina, 23, a student from the central Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, toured an exhibition that opened Monday of photographs taken during last year’s mass rallies.

“I’m looking at the photos with tears in my eyes because they betrayed the people’s dreams,” he said. “They dirtied their hands with corruption.”

Petro Poroshenko, a tycoon who was one of Yushchenko’s closest aides, told The Associated Press on Monday that he understood the disappointment, but insisted the Orange Revolution had resulted in some great achievements.

“The government is much more open now, and much more depends on people,” said Poroshenko, who resigned from his powerful state security post in September after being accused of corruption. The charges were later dismissed.

Meanwhile, Yushchenko’s chief of staff ordered the metal barriers outside the presidential administration to be opened Monday, a symbolic gesture as this country prepares to mark the opposition movement’s anniversary.

“The gates are open,” said Oleh Rybachuk, ordering back riot police as activists from the Pora youth movement massed outside. The gates were opened by the new government in a similarly symbolic move shortly after Yushchenko came to power, but were later closed again. The government had blamed repair work.

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