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Eight opposition groups formed united parliamentary opposition

Posted by the Editor on March 16, 2010


News / 16 March 2010 | 17:56

Eight opposition groups formed united parliamentary opposition

Eight opposition groups formed united parliamentary opposition

A united parliamentary opposition has been created in Ukraine.

“This parliamentary opposition will be part of a large opposition movement that is currently being created in our state,” BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko said, adding that eight parliamentary groups have joined the opposition.

“We have united today for one goal – to defend our common values, protect our independence, national self-identity, culture, history, language and European course. And as we’ve realized, we need to protect freedom of speech, which was one of achievements of the past five years. It consolidates us today,” Yulia Tymoshenko believes.

Today representatives of the opposition groups also signed an agreement on creating a coordinating council of the united parliamentary opposition.

The statement was signed by: Yulia Tymoshenko on behalf of Batkivshchyna; Serhiy Sobolev – Reforms and Order Party; Borys Tarasyuk – People’s Movement of Ukraine [Rukh]; Yuriy Lutsenko – People’s Self-Defense; Volodymyr Stretovych – Christian Democratic Union; Mykola Katerynchuk – European Party of Ukraine; Olena Shustik – Ukrainian Social Democratic Party; and Yuriy Karmazin – Motherland Defenders Party.

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Tymoshenko holding BYuT meeting

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News / 16 March 2010 | 16:26

Tymoshenko holding BYuT meeting

Tymoshenko holding BYuT meeting

Leader of the united democratic opposition Yulia Tymoshenko held a meeting of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc.

During the meeting they discussed the structure of the opposition government as well as goals and objectives of their activities in opposition.

Tymoshenko has nominated People’s Deputy Serhiy Sobolev (BYuT) to be prime minister of the opposition government.

“The opposition prime minister must be a deputy, as well as a recognized person in our circle, a good speaker, and must have time for this job,” Yulia Tymoshenko said today during the meeting.

“The prime minister is a very important post and it will be key in allowing the government to demonstrate its professional strength. I would like to propose Serhiy Sobolev for the position of prime minister of the opposition government.”

Serhiy Sobolev was nominated because of his professionalism and credibility. “He is well known and well regarded by society. He clearly stands by our values, has extensive experience in politics, and a very good reputation,” she explained.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s proposal was unanimously supported by the deputies from BYuT.

Tymoshenko has also proposed to improve the structure of the opposition government by reducing the number of ministries.

“There will be a significant cut in the number of ministries in our government. There will be 16 total; and more is unnecessary,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

She believes the opposition cabinet should be formed based on a European model. “This should be a European government based on European standards, whereby ministries are based on functions, not sectors. This is very important,” she explained.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko, the opposition government will not include a minister of housing and communal services, industry, and transport and communication, because these are sectors and not functions.

“We will have a ministry of economy and infrastructure, as is the case in any modern European society. I think this will be one of the trademarks of the opposition government that we’re forming,” Yulia Tymoshenko concluded.

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Yanukovych waiting for confirmation from Obama and Medvedev on that Ukraine is not an empty place

Posted by the Editor on March 16, 2010


News / 16 March 2010 | 14:42

Yanukovych waiting for confirmation from Obama and Medvedev on that Ukraine is not an empty place

Yanukovych waiting for confirmation from Obama and Medvedev on that Ukraine is not an empty place

Kiev is seeking to be the venue for the signing of a new nuclear arms reduction treaty between Russia and the United States, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.

According to Kommersant, new Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych made the suggestion to his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to Moscow on March 5.

The deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, Anna German, told Kommersant on Monday that Moscow showed interest in Ukraine’s initiative. This issue will also be discussed on Tuesday in Moscow between the countries’ foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Kostyantyn Hryshchenko.

The talks will be held ahead of the upcoming visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Moscow, during which she and Lavrov are expected to coordinate the final details of the replacement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START 1), the paper said.

German said the bid to host the signing ceremony was part of Yanukovych’s efforts to position his country as a link between Russia and the West.

“I believe this is a very interesting idea,” Kommersant quoted German as saying. “The Russian side responded with interest to it. If the Americans are not against it, Ukraine will finally become the bridge between the East and the West that our leader always speaks about.”

Russia and the United States have been negotiating the arms reduction pact since the two countries’ presidents met in April last year, but finalizing a document has dragged on, with U.S. plans for missile defense in Europe a particular sticking point.

Moscow wants to include a link between missile defenses and cuts in offensive weapons, but the U.S. Senate is unlikely to ratify any document formally linking the two issues.

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BYuT – There is only one opposition in the parliament

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News / 16 March 2010 | 12:53

BYuT – There is only one opposition in the parliament

There is only one opposition in parliament and it is headed by Yulia Tymoshenko, people’s deputy from BYuT Volodymyr Yavorivsky noted, according to Tymoshenko’s official website.

“The rules clearly say that there can be only one opposition in parliament. There is a faction with 150 members, well, a few less because some left. There is a national leader of the faction who got 45% of the Ukrainian vote in most regions,” Volodymyr Yavorivsky said on Radio Era.

He emphasized that the united democratic opposition will defend the national values as best it can. “It will be the first constructive opposition. We will be open, will offer real proposals and voice them so that the people are aware of them,” added the people’s deputy.

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List of coalition deputies officially published

Posted by the Editor on March 16, 2010


News / 16 March 2010 | 11:04

List of coalition deputies officially published

List of coalition deputies officially published

The list of deputies forming the new coalition in the parliament has been officially published in “Voice of Ukraine” newspaper of 16 of March, 2010 together with the agreement on formation of coalition “Stability and reforms”.

The parliamentary coalition consists of the faction of the Party of Regions in full – 172 MPs, the faction of Communist party of Ukraine in full – 27 MPs and Lytvyn’s bloc faction in full- 20 MPs, six deputies from the bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko, six deputies from Our Ukraine faction and four non-party deputies. In total the coalition numbers 235 MPs.

According to the coalition agreement, published in the official newspaper, the coalition has a right to dismiss within two week any official, who does not support or follow the political course of the coalition.

Besides, the coalition agreemetn provides for holding a number of reforms to enable Ukraine to enter the top 20 of the most economically developed countries.

In particular, the documents provides for holding large-scale modernization of national production, implementation of energy saving technologies, increase of labor capacity, strengthening of domestic producer on the basis of implementing investment and innovative model of development.

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