Experts: Ukraine's new government could be effective, regardless of absence of famous professionals

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March 15, 2010, 3:57 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The new Ukrainian government headed by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov will be technical, President of the Open Policy Analytical Center Ihor Zhdanov has said. "This government will be more technical, which will be obliged to take unpopular measures, and therefore [it will be] a 'kamikaze' government," he said at a press conference in Interfax-Ukraine.

Zhdanov noted that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych had promised during his election campaign that his government would be made up of professionals. However, he said that this promise had not been fulfilled.

"We haven't seen any professionals," he said.

Director for Political and Legal Programs at the Razumkov Center Yuriy Yakymenko said that Yanukovych had consciously violated constitutional regulations by signing a law on amendments to the regulations of the Verkhovna Rada regarding the coalition formation procedure.

"The ambassadors of western countries closed their eyes to this, because stabilization in Ukraine is currently above all," he added.

He also suggested that this government would be effective.

Director of the Penta Center for Applied Political Studies Volodymyr Fesenko, in turn, described the newly formed parliamentary coalition as "a coalition of lobby groups and political gratitude." At the same time, he noted he was sure that Azarov would head the government "by attorney of Yanukovych" and that all main government decisions would be taken in the presidential administration on Bankova Street.
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