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The election rush may be ended by the coalition crash

Posted by the Editor on March 27, 2006


News / 27 March 2006 | 21:02

The election rush may be ended by the coalition crash

The election rush may be ended by the coalition crash

A Socialist Party leader, Yosip Vinskiy, has blamed President Viktor Yushchenko’s Our Ukraine party for delaying a formal coalition agreement, RFE/RL informed.

Presidential aide Ivan Vasyunyk earlier said Yushchenko believed it would be improper to announce a deal before the Central Election Commission (TsVK) releases the final election results.

“It is logical to begin talks [on forming a coalition government] only after the official announcement of the election results and to sign any coalition agreement only the official announcement of the election results,” Vasyunyk said. “This is the president’s position.”

The TsVK says it has counted nearly one-third of the votes.

An updated tally on its website says the pro-Russia party of former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych is leading with 26.7 percent. Yanukovych’s Party of Regions is followed by the bloc led by another former prime minister, Yuliya Tymoshenko (23.6 percent); then Our Ukraine (16.4 percent); and the Socialist Party (7.2 percent).

Tymoshenko said on March 26 that a coalition agreement between her bloc, the Socialists, and Yushchenko’s party is all but certain.

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A possible after-election coalition

Posted by the Editor on March 27, 2006


News / 27 March 2006 | 20:37

A possible after-election coalition

A possible after-election coalition

Ukraine’s pro-Western liberals on Monday prepared for coalition talks to keep the Russia-backed winner of Sunday’s parliamentary election in opposition, though President Viktor Yushchenko quashed talk of any quick deal, Reuters reported.

Thwarting Yulia Tymoshenko, his one-time “Orange Revolution” ally who said a liberal coalition could in principle be decided on Monday, Yushchenko said such talks could be held only when the election vote-count was complete.

“It is logical to start talks on a coalition after the official declaration of the election results. This is the president’s position,” Ivan Vasyunyk, first deputy head of the president’s secretariat, told reporters.

Complete results were expected on Tuesday, but with 40 percent counted an “orange coalition” of three liberal parties had a majority even though the Russia-backed Regions Party had the largest number of votes.

There was no direct word from Yushchenko, who appears to have been humiliated in a poll that has left his Our Ukraine party in a poor third place behind Tymoshenko’s bloc.

An aide to the charismatic Tymoshenko said he believed the president’s Our Ukraine party was split over which way to jump.

“The party’s so-called business wing is calling for a broad coalition with the Regions Party, while the political wing wants to stick to previous agreements within the ‘orange’ coalition,” Mykola Tomenko told Unian news agency.

But in slowing any coalition-building, the president showed he did not want to be bulldozed into an agreement by Tymoshenko, now vying for the role of “orange” standard-bearer.

“There is a very simple explanation — Our Ukraine wants to take a break and come to terms with what happened. And there is a good way out for them: there are no complete election results yet,” said independent political analyst Oleksander Dergachev.

Pundits suggested before the election that Yushchenko might form a coalition with Yanukovich, the man he defeated in a re-run of a disputed presidential election in 2004.

But Yushchenko now seems destined to have to patch up differences instead with Tymoshenko, just as difficult for him.

Tymoshenko, 45, has made it clear she wants her old job of prime minister back in a three-way liberal coalition bringing together her bloc, Our Ukraine and the Socialists.

That would hardly delight Yushchenko, who sacked her last September after infighting over corruption charges.

The two have been on poor terms since. Her interventionist views do not sit well with Yushchenko’s free market values.

LIBERAL DISARRAY

The liberals appeared to be preoccupied by political maneuvering — just over a year since Yushchenko came to power after heady protests now known as the Orange Revolution.

Disillusionment over divisions and an economic slowdown helped Yanukovich’s Regions Party to first place.

Yanukovich, strong in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, seized on his win to urge parties to team up with him. He, too, said formal negotiations should await the final vote count.

Incomplete results showed the liberals, who have set the country of 47 million on a course to join Europe’s mainstream, could still control parliament and frustrate his comeback.

The results gave the Regions Party had 27 percent. The Yulia Tymoshenko bloc was in second place with 23.5 percent and Our Ukraine had 16.2 percent.

The election got a clean bill of health from international observers and the European Union, where Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said the bloc looked forward “to continuing and deepening our partnership with Ukraine.”

“All indications are this appears to be a free and fair election,” said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.

If they do form a coalition, the Orange Revolution leaders will be under pressure to deliver on reforms.

Ukraine’s export-led economic growth has slowed markedly over the last year due to lower world prices for steel and chemicals, its major exports, and a lack of investment.

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CEC of Ukraine continues processing the protocols

Posted by the Editor on March 27, 2006


News / 27 March 2006 | 20:15

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CEC of Ukraine continues processing the protocols

According to the recent data, the Central Election Commission has processed about 50% of the protocols.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ex-President Kwasniewski wants to see Ukraine in the EU

Posted by the Editor on March 27, 2006


News / 27 March 2006 | 19:55

Ex-President Kwasniewski wants to see Ukraine in the EU

Ex-President Kwasniewski wants to see Ukraine in the EU

“This election completes the processes of changes launching after the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. Lots of people in Europe waited for the final result. In my mind, the result is not bad,” told ex-President of Poland Alexander Kwasniewski.

He also stressed that “the results are better than we could even imagine or scare few weeks ago – the orange may form a coalition.”

“The orange coalition would be comprehensible for Europe,” stressed Mr. Kwasniewski.

In response to the question on his readiness to come and reconcile Yushchenko and Timoshenko, former Poland’s President answered: “Of course, I will come with the great pleasure.”

To realize Ukraine’s accession into the EU would be the conclusion of his political expectation, Mr. Kwasniewski concluded.

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NATO on Ukrainian election

Posted by the Editor on March 27, 2006


News / 27 March 2006 | 19:20

NATO on Ukrainian election

NATO on Ukrainian election

Statement by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer following the elections in Ukraine:
 
“I am pleased that Ukraine’s parliamentary election was held yesterday in a manner that was described by the OSCE/ODIHR International Electoral Observation Mission as free and fair, and as contributing to the consolidation of democracy in Ukraine.
 
Ukraine is an important strategic partner for NATO, and we look forward to further deepening our cooperation. As always, NATO stands ready to assist Ukraine to realise its Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and work with Ukraine to promote peace and security in the region.”

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President of Ukraine met Pierre Lellouche

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News / 27 March 2006 | 18:58

President of Ukraine met Pierre Lellouche

President of Ukraine met Pierre Lellouche

Victor Yushchenko met with Pierre Lellouche, President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, who also represents the election observation mission to Ukraine. The Head of State thanked the mission for its work. Then they discussed the preliminary results of yesterday’s vote, the president press office reported.

Victor Yushchenko is convinced on March 26 Ukraine “held its first fair and democratic election.”

“People, not politicians, win all elections,” he opined.

Then the Chief of State said all international observers claimed that the election had been transparent: “Ukraine has successfully passed this exam.”

Mr. Yushchenko and Mr. Lellouche also spoke about Ukraine’s integration with the NATO and EU.

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NATO to use Ruslan and Ukrainian Antonov aircraft

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News / 27 March 2006 | 18:38

NATO to use Ruslan and Ukrainian Antonov aircraft

NATO to use Ruslan and Ukrainian Antonov aircraft

Deputy Secretary General Minuto Rizzo travelled to Leipzig, Germany, on 23 March, for a ceremony to mark the entry into force of a multinational contract on a Strategic Airlift Interim Solution. The event was hosted by German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung, since Germany has taken the lead on this initiative, NATO informed.

Thanks to a multinational contract, Russian and Ukrainian Antonov aircraft are to be used as an interim solution to meet shortfalls in European strategic airlift capabilities, pending deliveries of Airbus A400M aircraft, expected to start in 2010. On 23 January, 15 NATO countries signed a contract with Ruslan SALIS GmbH, a subsidiary of the Russian company Volga Dnepr, based in Leipzig. The 15 original signatories – Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom – were joined by Sweden on 23 March.

The contract provides for two AN-124-100 aircraft on full-time charter, two more on six days notice and another two on nine days notice. This multinational arrangement allows the countries participating in the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS) programme to meet commitments to strengthen capabilities in both the NATO and EU frameworks.

The contract’s initial duration is for three years with a possibility to extend it further. The aircraft, which were made available from the beginning of February, are drawn from the Russian company, Volga-Dnepr, and Ukraine’s ADB. The contract is administered by the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency and its operation is managed by the SALIS Coordination Centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The countries concerned have committed to using the aircraft for a minimum of 2000 flying hours per year.

The SALIS plan evolved from the signing of a letter of intent to develop a multinational consortium to arrange for strategic airlift by NATO defence ministers in June 2003. Strategic airlift is a key capability enabling the rapid deployment of troops and equipment to where they are needed. In recent years, NATO’s ongoing operation in Afghanistan, its logistical support to the African Union’s mission in Darfur, and the earthquake disaster-relief operation for Pakistan have highlighted the need for strategic airlift which can handle outsized cargo. A single AN-124-100 can transport up to 120 tons of cargo.

Volga-Dnepr and ADB already provide AN-124-100 aircraft to support the Afghanistan mission, with weekly sorties from Germany to Afghanistan and back, under contractual arrangements with the Allied Movement Coordination Center at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

Moreover, a memorandum of understanding on strategic airlift between NATO and Ukraine is pending ratification with the Ukrainian parliament. Similarly, a framework agreement on air transport and the necessary implementing arrangements is being developed with Russia. Progress on the air transport agreement with Russia is dependent on the ratification by the Russian parliament of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), signed by the Russian foreign minister in April 2004. The SOFA provides a reciprocal legal framework for the treatment of NATO and Partner troops, including Russian troops, operating in or transiting through one another’s territory, covering issues related to documentation, juridical questions, taxation, customs and other technical details.

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The protocols of Kyiv Mayor Election are to arrive after the midnight

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News / 27 March 2006 | 18:14

The protocols of Kyiv Mayor Election are to arrive after the midnight

The protocols of Kyiv Mayor Election are to arrive after the midnight

Halina Bilyk the Chairman of Kyiv City Territorial Election Commission (KCTEC) reported the protocols of kyiv City Council and Kyiv City Chairman are to be received after the midnight.

According to Bilyk, KCTEC must receive ten protocols form ten districts of Kyiv. The electoral districts continue numbering votes. Then the voting papers along with the protocols are to be delivered to the district election commissions. After the data processing, the district election commissions gather the information form all districts and make out the protocol which is sent along with the voting papers to KCTEC.

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