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BYT proposes discussing form of government, constitutional amendments to referendum

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Feb. 15, 2010, 4:46 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYT) has proposed creating a working group to draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine and hold a nationwide referendum so as to determine which form of government Ukrainians would like to have. "We think that our proposal is constructive. Now nothing prevents us from creating a working group, because there are a lot of proposals about constitutional amendments," BYT faction leader Ivan Kyrylenko said at a briefing on Monday.

He stressed the need to consult with the people and conduct a referendum on a single issue - whether the Ukrainians support a presidential or parliamentary form of government.

"We think that that there is a post that is unnecessary in the state," Kyrylenko said, without saying which post he meant.
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Anonymous Feb. 15, 2010, 9:12 p.m.    

A presidential candiate that lost the election is acting like she is still in power.

She must choose. She can either continue to contest the election, or accept the results. Is she accepts the results, she needs to get back to her position as a prime minister, until the parliament votes to give her mandate until next election, or to vote no confidence. If there is no confidence, she will become ACTING prime minister until the new governing coalition is formed. And that can be wihout or with a snap election.

If she decides to contest the election, thereby not accepting the current governance, then she must RESIGN from the post of Prime Minister, and fight as an opposition.

She cannot have it both ways, and the mere fact that a major news outfit, like Kyiv Post sees nothing weird with BYT talking like they have won elections, and are ready to move into constitutional reforem, Ukraine, for all its talk of democracy, has HUGE problems.

BYT should not be in the news until she conceeds and resumes governing in her Prime Minister capacity, or until she resigns, contesting the election.

No matter what the situation may be, BYT should not be talking of constitutional reforms! Is she planning a coup? It more and more looks like it. She will cause the bankrupcy and the default of Ukrainan sovereign debt, and who will bail Ukraine then? Keep in mind that EU cannot even bail out Greece, while Portugal, Spain and Ireland stand in line. Nobody has resolved the issue of Iceland's bank failure yet. That is another bunch of European investors, including major British and Dutch pension funds that are potentially going broke. Hey, Ukraine, wake up from Euro dreams, and face brutal reality.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 1:45 a.m.    

If Ukraine wants to join the EU then it should adopt Eu models of governance.

Ukraine must become a full parliamentary democracy in line with other European States.

This proposal was on the table before the presidential election. It must now be put back on for discussion. The presidential system has an will continue to fail Ukraine. The sooner Ukraine removes presidential authority and embrace Parliamentary form of democracy the better off Ukraine will be.

25 out of 27 EU states are parliamentary systems of governance.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 10:01 a.m.    

sour grapes for sore loser - what a pity for ukraine people to have such a scumbag in premier post and another coming in president post

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