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Yatseniuk compared parliament to a zoo

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News / 19 September 2008 | 17:32

Yatseniuk compared parliament to a zoo

Verkhovna Rada Speaker Arseniy Yatseniuk did not allow members of parliament to adopt as a whole the draft law on establishing criminal responsibility for illegal dissolution of parliament.

According to UNIAN, on Thursday lawmakers adopted in first reading draft law “On Introducing Amendments into Laws of Ukraine on Additional Measures for Guaranteeing Observance of Ukrainian Constitution”.

MPs of BYuT and Party of Regions factions insisted to immediately vote on the draft law in the second reading and as a whole.

Arseniy Yatseniuk recalled that the Verkhovna Rada has never adopted a draft law on the same day when it was adopted in the first reading.

When Arseniy Yatseniuk objected to considering the draft law in the second reading on the same day, lawmakers began to make a lot of noise. The Speaker said: “You can behave like normal people. Why are you noising around like in a zoo?”

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VRU passed bill on National Referendum

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News / 19 September 2008 | 16:40

VRU passed bill on National Referendum

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed in the first reading act  �1374 “On National Referendum”.

333 MPs from 433 voted affirmatively. The bill determines legal principles, organization and order of the national referendum.

The bill has been developed by the first Vice Speaker Oleksandr Lavrynovych (elected from the Party of Regions).

 

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Hrach justified decision of the Crimean Parliament

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News / 19 September 2008 | 15:50

Hrach justified decision of the Crimean Parliament

MP from the CPU Leonid Hrach believes that the parliament of the Crimea acted legally. According to him, the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea (ARC) may have its own view on the global political situation.

As the Press Service of L. Hrach informs, “ARC has constitutional right to participate in foreign political course of the state. The Crimea is the unique region of Ukraine having this right,” the communist is sure.

He told about recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Russia: “I take it absolutely logic. The USA and Saakashvili perpetrated a massacre in these republics, and any other way out of this problem is impossible,” the MP told.

“Unfortunately. The VRU could not deliver its political and legal assessment of the fact of recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Russia,” Hrach summed up.

As a reminder, on September 17 the VR of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea called the VRU on recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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Only factions may form coalition in parliament

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News / 19 September 2008 | 15:00

Only factions may form coalition in parliament

Only factions may form coalition in parliament

Only factions may form a coalition in parliament.

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine issued the resolution on Friday, September 19, on the official inquiry of 105 members of parliament.

In particular, the Constitutional Court made conclusion that the wording “coalition of deputies factions in the Verkhovna Rada”, indicated in Article 83 of the Ukrainian Constitution, must be understood as a union formed on results of elections of several factions, the number of national deputies in which makes a majority of the constitutional number of the Verkhovna Rada. The union is based upon the decision of the factions to agree their political positions and to carry out joint parliamentary activities.

“Thus, only lawmakers who are members of parliamentary factions may enter the coalition of parliamentary factions”, reads the decision of the Constitutional Court.

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The Party of Regions holding talks with every force, but Our Ukraine

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News / 19 September 2008 | 14:10

The Party of Regions holding talks with every force, but Our Ukraine

The Party of Regions has formed working groups to hold talks on coalition formation with all factions, but Our Ukraine. The party leader Viktor Yanukovych said, the party press office reported.

“At the session of the party we decided to form negotiation groups with BYuT, communists and Lytvyn. Our Ukraine and People’s Self-Defense are up in the air. But I think we have no chances with them, so what is the point to start,” Yanukovych said.

“Our working groups have already started the negotiation process,” he added.

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Party of Regions ready to take part in snap poll – Yanukovych

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News / 19 September 2008 | 13:20

Party of Regions ready to take part in snap poll - Yanukovych

Party of Regions ready to take part in snap poll – Yanukovych

The Party of Regions is ready to take part in a snap parliamentary poll, if no new coalition is created.

According UNIAN, Party of Regions leader Victor Yanukovych claimed this in Luhansk on Thursday.

He pointed out that all variants of coalition are not convenient, that is why, if no agreements are reached, the Party of Regions is ready to take part in a snap poll and struggle for victory.

“It’s impossible to trust any force from the orange team”, Victor Yanukovych believes.

At the same time, he asked Luhansk Oblast residents to take an active part in elections, and to vote for the Party of Regions.

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Russia’s ambassador to Hungary warns on Ukraine, Georgia NATO bids

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News / 19 September 2008 | 12:30

Russia’s ambassador to Hungary warns on Ukraine, Georgia NATO bids

Relations between NATO and Russia are bad enough in the wake of the Caucasian conflict but they could get worse if NATO invites Georgia and Ukraine to join its Membership Action Plan (MAP), Russia`s ambassador to Hungary told MTI on Thursday, according to Politics.hu.Igor Savolsky said that dialogue between NATO and Russia was practically non-existent but if Georgia and Ukraine are invited into MAP in December “the atmosphere will get very cold indeed.” Once in MAP they are destined to join NATO, he said, and if NATO forces are right next door to Russia that qualifies as a threat and a hazard.

Moscow plans to take diplomatic measures to keep NATO from inviting Georgia and Ukraine, Savolsky said.

When queried, the Russian ambassador said he did not know whether Russia would attend the October NATO summit in Budapest, or whether there would be a separate NATO-Russia meeting. He confirmed that Russia would provide military, economic, and financial assistance to South Ossetia and Abkhazia. While he expected the two regions to maintain very close relations with Russia, Savolsky said he did not expect them to join Russia, even on long term.

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Ukraine prime minister mocks president’s poisoning

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News / 19 September 2008 | 11:40

Ukraine prime minister mocks president’s poisoning

Ukraine`s premier mocked the president`s nearly fatal 2004 dioxin poisoning, saying Thursday that Viktor Yushchenko`s main problem was being poisoned by unlimited power, according to AP.Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is locked in a bitter feud with Yushchenko that has ruined their coalition and put the county on the brink of its third parliamentary elections in as many years.

She spoke before she was questioned again in a probe into the dioxin poisoning four years ago. There was no evidence of her involvement made public and many see her questioning as part of the political infighting.

“The main poisoning is the poisoning with unlimited power, a serious intoxication in the presidential secretariat,” Tymoshenko told reporters.

The pro-Western coalition of Tymoshenko`s and Yushchenko`s parties fell apart this week due to the two leaders` rivalry ahead of the 2010 presidential vote and disagreement over how to deal with Russia following its war with Georgia last month.

Yushchenko has strongly condemned Russia`s actions and accused Tymoshenko of kowtowing to the Kremlin by taking a cautious stance on the conflict.

Tymoshenko, while saying she does not support Russia`s recognition of two Georgian separatist regions, stressed that Ukraine needs good relations with its eastern neighbor.

Yushchenko and Tymoshenko were the heroes of the 2004 Orange Revolution that catapulted Yushchenko to the presidency. Experts say that a new government is likely to include the Moscow-friendly Party of Regions and could turn Ukraine toward Russia and away from the West.

The poisoning incident came at the height of the 2004 election campaign and left Yushchenko`s face badly disfigured. He has suggested the poisoning may have been orchestrated by Russia.

In a sign that a tough political struggle loomed ahead, lawmakers on Thursday gave an initial approval to a bill that could make disbanding parliament a criminal offense in some cases.

The bill, which was supported by Tymoshenko`s faction in parliament, was a clear warning to Yushchenko, who has threatened to call a new vote if no coalition is formed within the next month. Yushchenko`s dissolution of parliament last year led to early elections.

Tymoshenko has hinted that she may not want to resign even though the coalition has collapsed.

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