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Pinzenik: The Deputies are doing what has already been done

Posted by the Editor on March 20, 2006


News / 20 March 2006 | 17:58

The Deputies are doing what has already been done

Pinzenik: The Deputies are doing what has already been done

The Ukrainian finance minister Victor Pinzenik has expressed disappointment with parliament over legislation pertaining to the allocation of nearly 9 million hryvnias, obtained from the privatisation of “Krivorizhstal”. Pinzenik revealed this at a press conference today, reports a “Forum” correspondent.

“If I have 100 hryvnias in my pocket and a law comes in today to give it to a teacher and tomorrow a law comes in to give the same 100 hryvnias to a doctor, and a day later another law comes in to give the same 100 hryvnias to a pensioner, the simple question is: Who do I give the money to?” Pinzenik asks.

He immediately stressed that the money received from the privatisation of “Krivorizhstal” has already been allocated by the people who had voted for the legislation yesterday. “All the money (from the privatisation of Krivorozhstal – ed.) is gone and it is a great pity that they (the deputies – ed.) have done what has already been done. When comparable laws are enacted, then as regards the people, they will have the right to have rights, but not the means” Pinzenik said.

As “Forum” has previously reported, on the 16th March the Verkhovna Rada enacted legislation to change the law of the Ukraine in the 2006 federal budget, for the allocation of funds, obtained from the privatisation of OAO (The Kryviy Rih Metallurgical Collective Krivorizhstal) to go towards financial measures for gradual compensation for citizens’ losses from the depreciation of their savings in the Reserve Bank of the former USSR. 275 peoples’ deputies voted in favour.

Documents received show that income from the sale of government shares in “Krivorizhstal” is in the region of 9 billion, 23 million, 733 thousand hryvnias, received in 2005, and has been exclusively directed at financial measures for the gradual compensation of citizens’ losses from the depreciation of savings held in the Reserve Bank of the former USSR.

Translated by Eddie Alaszewski

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Yushchenko estimates CEC’s work

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News / 20 March 2006 | 17:33

Yushchenko estimates CEC's work

Yushchenko estimates CEC’s work

Victor Yushchenko and Ivan Vasyunyk, First Deputy Chief of Staff, visited the Central Election Commission in order to ensure that the country is well-prepared for upcoming elections on March 26. The President complimented Yaroslav Davydovych, CEC Head, and its members on everything they were doing, President’s press office reported.

He reiterated that this year’s campaign would cost Ukraine one billion hryvnyas and said the government was monitoring the optimal use of these funds. 85% of the funds have already been spent, while the rest will be used to cover post-election procedures.

The Head of State said the Central Election Commission was cooperating with local government to make registers of voters virtually errorless. He reminded those present that during the second round of the 2004 presidential election our registers were full of so-called dead souls, and said it was now incumbent on the government to correct all mistakes.

“Today, Ukraine has one of the most accurate registers over the past eight or ten years. There is no doubt in that,” Yushchenko said, adding that he, however, was “not idealizing the whole process.”

The President said it was necessary to pass a law on the register of physical persons. It will later be used to make a new register of voters, which will be permanently revised and should also help simplify and improve preparations for next elections.

Then they discussed recent legal changes allowing members of local commissions to vote at their polls and convene additional commissions. The CEC members think it will help prevent many manipulations and create more comfortable conditions for voters. The Chief of State said he would first consult his lawyers to learn if a law allowing voters to correct registers on March 26 is legal and then sign it.

Yushchenko urged the media to be ‘goodwill messengers’ and inform Ukraine’s citizens of all procedures and rights.

The President also inspected the data server room and spoke with workers of the telecommunications department.

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Ex-President of Ukraine on forgotten political traditions

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News / 20 March 2006 | 17:15

Ex-President of Ukraine on forgotten political traditions

Ex-President of Ukraine on forgotten political traditions

Ex-President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma thinks “shirt-sleeve diplomacy” is the best way to build international relations, particularly with Russia.

Kuchma said he repeatedly recommended all Ukrainian premiers, all Ukrainian ministers to establish and develop good private ties with their colleagues. “And all we hear now is the statement that ‘epoch of the shirt-sleeve diplomacy is over,” concluded Kuchma.

“With Putin we always had open and pragmatic, free of lisping and familiarities talks. He can listen to and analyse. By the way, lots of questions were settled at the shirt-sleeve meetings,” said Kuchma complaining such practise is forgotten now.

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President speaks on Belarus vote

Posted by the Editor on March 20, 2006


News / 20 March 2006 | 16:15

President speaks on Belarus vote

President speaks on Belarus vote

Ukraine will estimate presidential elections in Belarus after the OSCE has proclaimed its report, as declared Ukraine’s President Victor Yushchenko.
 
In an interview with reporters, Victor Yushchenko said, “Ukraine is expecting the OSCE to evaluate yesterday’s elections in Belarus, and our political position will be based on their report.”
 
Yushchenko noted that Ukraine’s government “has certain breaking information” about past presidential elections in Belarus.
 
The President added that the OSCE “has always been professional, objective and impartial in its evaluation of elections in any country of the world.”
 
According to preliminary calculations, Alexander Lukashenko gained 82.6%.

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Lukashenka has no faith in “orange revolution”

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News / 20 March 2006 | 15:54

Lukashenka has no faith in “orange revolution”

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenka considers that “orange revolution” bears relation neither to Ukrainian people, nor Ukraine.
 
“The parliamentary election will become the proof of it,” said Lukashenka on today’s press conference.
 
President of Belarus assured that Belarus and Ukraine will have “the best relations.” “I always treated Ukrainian people with love. Ukrainians often came to us for work and we helped you to harvest. When you had problems with fuel I ordered to divide Belarus fuel in two and to send to Ukraine,” explained he.
 
According to preliminary calculations, Alexander Lukashenko gained 82.6%.

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CEC wants to know who finances Ukrainian parties

Posted by the Editor on March 20, 2006


News / 20 March 2006 | 15:39

CEC wants to know who finances Ukrainian parties

CEC wants to know who finances Ukrainian parties

After the parliamentary elections Central Election Commission will examine financing sources of those political blocs and parties, which took part in the elections, as declared CEC Chairman Yaroslav Davidovich.

“After the elections we will analyze in detail the financing of election funds,” said Davidovich and added that “vast sums of money are spent on elections’ organization, but sources of financing are unknown.”

Commenting on the law about return of means in the amount of 30 mln UAH, spent on political agitation, to those bloc and parties, which will win seats in the Parliament, Davidovich named two aspects. On one hand he “grudges these means,” which must be allocated from the state budget, but on the other hand, “the state has a right to control expenditure of allocated means.”

According to article 98, item 1 of the Law “On parliamentary elections in Ukraine”, “parties and blocs, which gained three and more percents of votes during parliamentary election, have a right to compensation of means spent on pre-election agitation at government expense in the amount of real charges, but not exceeding hundred thousand of minimum wages for each party.”

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Ukrainians speak neither Russian nor Ukrainian?

Posted by the Editor on March 20, 2006


News / 20 March 2006 | 15:17

Ukrainians speak neither Russian nor Ukrainian?

Ukrainians speak neither Russian nor Ukrainian?

Speaking before students and professors of Dragomanov’s National Pedagogical University, US Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Ukraine John Herbst reported about the situation concerning conduct of preparation for the parliamentary elections and answered students’ questions, ForUm’s correspondent informed.

In his speech Herbst underlined that for the whole history of young Ukraine forthcoming parliamentary elections are being held in the most honest way. At the same time he noted that there are serious problems, such as formation of voter’s list. Voter’s lists in Donetsk and Zhytomyr regions miss residents of whole apartment blocks, and sometimes residential areas.

Besides, the Ambassador expressed his dissatisfaction about misspelling of voters’ surnames while translating from Russian into Ukrainian and vice verse.

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US Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Herbst on the parliamentary election in Ukraine

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News / 20 March 2006 | 15:00

US Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Herbst on the parliamentary election in Ukraine

US Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Herbst on the parliamentary election in Ukraine

“The fair election will positively influence the neighbors as well as consolidate the country. The free and fair election is extremely necessary for further Euro and Atlantic integration of Ukraine,” said US Ambassador John Herbst making a speech in Kyiv Drahomanov’s National Teachers’ Training University.

Mr. Herbst marked out the USA represents neutral support for all democratic processes happening in Ukraine.

“The USA provides Ukraine with $13.3-million support for free and fair election as a part of our help program,” said Mr. Herbst stressing once again there is no “US favorite” in the election. The US government will cooperate with the winner of the fair, free and democratic election process.

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