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Baloha calls for action

Posted by the Editor on May 4, 2007


News / 4 May 2007 | 17:35

Baloha calls for action

Baloha calls for action

Recent statements by Ukraine’s parliamentary majority and its cabinet of ministers to persuade President Victor Yushchenko to hold talks to resolve the ongoing political crisis are mere words, Secretariat Chief of Staff Viktor Baloha said on Friday. He added Ukraine “will get out of this abyss if it holds fresh elections.”

“This is President Victor Yushchenko’s clear and unshakable belief, which Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych should share. This logic should be shared by both the country’s government and opposition. This is the logic of law and common sense. It is anticipated by society and will protect the country from the relapses of political corruption…”

Baloha said there was an “important factor that convincingly illustrates the slyness of the governing coalition”: although they are calling for compromise, they are deliberately destroying possibilities for this dialogue by sabotaging the implementation of the dissolution decree, blocking the Central Election Commission and making provocative statements in the Verkhovna Rada. They claim early elections pose a threat to the country, even though fresh elections are common in democratic societies and help resolve crises, he said, president’s press office informs.

“What can they discuss with the president after such statements? Only ways to organize and hold the elections. All other proposals are pointless and cannotbe discussed with the head of state. The factory producing roundtables in the presidential secretariat will not be working until the day of the vote,” he said.

Balohasaid the political crisis had been caused “not by the president but by the tandem of the government and parliament seeking to usurp power and impudently violating the constitution.” He said Premier Yanukovych had repeatedly insisted it was necessary to settle the situation in a political manner.

“However, there have been no reasonable proposals yet… But the first electoral step by the government could show its ability to adequately appreciate reality and act legally. Society is looking forward to such a step,” he said.

“President Yushchenko has proposed a number of measures to end the political deadlock. The opposition has supported his anti-crisis ideas. The other camp is still sending contradictory signals and appealing to either Strasbourg or the Pope but is doing nothing,” he said.

He added President Yushchenko would not suspend or rescind his dissolution decree.

“Victor Yushchenko is convinced it is time we stopped playing political games and started working. It is time we understood this,” he said.

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President, PM reach poll compromise

Posted by the Editor on May 4, 2007


News / 4 May 2007 | 16:16

President, PM reach poll compromise

President, PM reach poll compromise

President Victor Yushchenko on Friday told reporters after a meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych they had agreed to hold early elections.

“Today we have agreed to hold early elections and compromised on what should be done to conduct the poll in a fair and democratic manner,” he said.

The Ukrainian leader said a special group would start working today to prepare necessary documents to unblock the electoral process within the next two days, according to president’s press office.

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Azarov hopes Yushchenko to admit changes to state budget

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News / 4 May 2007 | 15:18

Azarov hopes Yushchenko to admit changes to state budget

Azarov hopes Yushchenko to admit changes to state budget

The first vice PM Mykola Azarov hopes the President Viktor Yushchenko will sign draft bill on changes introductions adopted by the parliament today to the law on state budget-2007, he told today in the parliament, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

According to Azarov, the draft bill foresees significant increase of salaries for teachers and doctors and also increase of pensions. “I think the President will not refuse it,” Azarov said. He noted that this draft bill has no political character.

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President meets opposition leaders

Posted by the Editor on May 4, 2007


News / 4 May 2007 | 15:02

President meets opposition leaders

President meets opposition leaders

The President Victor Yushchenko on Friday held meeting with Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, leader of the Our Ukraine bloc, and BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

They spoke about how to prepare the country for early elections and hold the snap poll, which is scheduled for June 24, on time. Kyrylenko and Tymoshenko reassured him Ukraine’s “responsible political forces” were participating in the campaign despite numerousobstacles and problems, president’s press office informs.

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Parliament amends state budget 2007

Posted by the Editor on May 4, 2007


News / 4 May 2007 | 14:45

Parliament amends state budget 2007

Parliament amends state budget 2007

The Verkhovna Rada has adopted amendments to the 2007 state budget, having increased the revenue and expenditure parts by almost one billion USD, according to Cabinet press office.

According to First Vice Prime Minister, Finance Minister Mykola Azarov, the amendments increased expenditures for raising salaries to budgetary workers, which would allow to restore remuneration correlation among posts, which was broken during several recent years. Salaries are to raise 1.4fold during the current year.

The budget provides for UAH 201.1 million (USD 40 million) for relevant rise in wages and payments, the pension fund is increased, too.

The amendments also provide funds to the Central Election Commission for creating and initial specification of the state register of voters in the sum of UAH 127.5 million (USD 25.5 million).

In general, according to Mykola Azarov, the budgetary outlays were increased up to UAH 4.8 billion (USD 960 million)

According to the Government, pension and salary rise is based on actual financial estimation and successful economy functioning. That is why the budget deficit won’t increase and inflation parameters will stay within the predictive limits (7.5%).

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Azarov insists on regular meetings between Yushchenko and Yanukovych

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News / 4 May 2007 | 14:24

Azarov insists on regular meetings between Yushchenko and Yanukovych

Azarov insists on regular meetings between Yushchenko and Yanukovych

The first vice PM, the Finance Minister Mykola Azarov considers it is incorrect that the President Viktor Yushchenko does not hold regular meeting with the PM Viktor Yanukovych. He told today the parliamentary journalists, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

“Because of questions importance the regular meetings between two highest officials are necessary,” he noted.

“I consider the sooner we continue our conversation began on April 25 and interrupted by the President’s decree, the sooner we return to normal interaction,” Azarov said.

Answering the question of ForUm’s correspondent what actions coalition will take in case the president refuses to continue dialogue, Azarov said: “I don’t understand how one can’t negotiate with political forces representing about 50% of the Ukraine’s population.”

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President meets P. Pylypchuk

Posted by the Editor on May 4, 2007


News / 4 May 2007 | 14:00

President meets P. Pylypchuk

President meets P. Pylypchuk

President Victor Yushchenko has met with Petro Pylypchuk, first deputy head of the Supreme Court of Ukraine and chairman of the Council of Justices, president’s press office informs.

They spoke about the judicial system and its problems, and discussed ways to develop dialogue between the Supreme Court and the other two branches of power.

Yushchenko praised Vasyl Onopenko, head of the Supreme Court, for his efforts to restore “elementary order” in the judicial system.

“I think these new policies in the judicial system will help renew social trust in courts and make the system truly independent,” he said, adding that there were lots of great challenges ahead.

The Ukrainian leader said he had recently issued a decree to dismiss Onopenko as member of Ukraine’s security and defense council “in order to depoliticize the Supreme Court.” “As a person that has to be distanced from politics, the head of the Supreme Court should not take political responsibility for this or that step,” he said.

Yushchenko said it was important to build closer ties between the Supreme Court and the country’s other branches of power, particularly his secretariat.

“I am interested in ensuring that the president’s legislative initiatives… are exceptionally lawful and consistent with the constitution and Ukraine’s laws,” he said.

Pylypchuk agreed it was necessary to build “constructive cooperation” with the branches of power. He added that the 2003 rules to appointjudges to fill administrative positions were “not very transparent” and should be revised.

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Ukraine to participate in 52nd Warsaw International Book Fair and Exhibition

Posted by the Editor on May 4, 2007


News / 4 May 2007 | 13:27

Ukraine to participate in 52nd Warsaw International Book Fair and Exhibition

Ukraine to participate in 52nd Warsaw International Book Fair and Exhibition

Over 2,300 Ukrainian-phone books will be represented at the 52nd Warsaw International Book Fair and Exhibition on May 17 – 20, Cabinet press office reported.

According to Director of the State Committee for TV and Radio Broadcasting Department Valentyna Babiliulko, Ukraine will be represented by 10 major publishers of Ukraine. Warsaw will be visited by 12 Ukrainian writers and poets, whose books have come out in Poland. One of the halls will be decorated in accordance with Ukrainian customs and traditions.

The Warsaw Book Fair and Exhibition is considered to be the most potent one in Central and East Europe. 2007 will see participation of 700 publishing houses from 30 countries. In 2006 the fair was toured by 48,000 visitors.

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