Moroz says he was responsible for formation of anti-crisis coalition with Regions Party and Communist Party

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Nov. 30, 2009, 3:37 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Presidential candidate and leader of the Socialist Party of Ukraine Oleksandr Moroz has said that in 2006 he was responsible for the formation of the anti crisis coalition with the Regions Party and the Communist party and, according to him, this was the only possible way to save Ukraine from chaos, lawlessness, and economic recession. He said this at a press conference in Uman, the press service of the Socialist Party reported on Nov. 30.

"I'm not ashamed but proud of the fact that I managed to halt the crisis of power. The economy operated normal and, the parliament adopted 80% of the laws [it considered] by a constitutional majority of votes. We were close to the decentralization of power. That's why Tymoshenko and Yuschenko's supporters forced the president to dismiss the parliament and remove me and my political forces illegally," the politician said.

"But today people see who is who, [and] that's why 40% of citizens do not trust the authorities. I expect their support," Moroz said.
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Anonymous Nov. 30, 2009, 9:21 p.m.    

Reading back over the news of the events that passed in 2006 is a telling story.

Following the March election Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko, Our Ukraine and the Socialist Party represented a majority of the Palarimentary seats.

Everyone expected that the Orange alliance would quickly for a coalition government. Problem was Our Ukraine would not agree to the formation of a orange coalition and sharing power. At first they tried to oust Yulia Tymoshenko from the PM leadership role whilst they continued to try and negotiate a coalition with Party of Regions. When that failed they then went after Moroz and tried to have Poroshenko appointed Speaker. Our Ukraine already held the presidency and the Minister for Defence, Foreign affairs and they could have had the Finance minister and a host of other economic portfolios.

I recall the traumatic pleas in public from Yulia Tymoshenko for Yushchenko and Our Ukraine to come on-board. I was shocked at the level of stupidity and divisiveness of Yushchenko and Our Ukraine.

Time was running out days turned into weeks which then turned in to months. Ukraine was facing a major constitutional crisis and the orange alliance was in tatters as a result of Our Ukraine's indecisiveness. It was as though they were trying to provoke a crisis and force a new round of elections - this was the signally of the end of the "revolution".

Fresh elections would have been a disaster producing no change in outcome. It was hard to see any merit in Yushchenko's game plan. Eventually their actions brought the situation to breaking point.

The decision by Moroz at the time was the right decision. He and Ukraine was left with not other alternative. Our Ukraine were not a reliable or trustworthy coalition partner. Yushchenko and his party were engaged in a policy of destabilisation.

Whilst Moroz took the decision to withdraw from further negotiations and agreed to the formation of the anti-crisis coalition the fact is Our Ukraine and Yushchenko were the cause of the collapse of the Orange alliance. The beginning of the end.

Th events that followed in 2007 and again in September 2008 are testament to a president who betrayed the ideals and hopes of a nation. A president who espoused the words of democracy but whose actions and policies were undemocratic. A president who undermined political stability and Ukraine's economy.

Yushchenko was the wrong man for the job. He will be remembered as a failed president who betrayed a nation and the revolution.

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 10:36 a.m.    

on June 22, the three allies in the 2004 Orange Revolution -- the Yuliya Tymoshenko Bloc (129 seats), Our Ukraine (81 seats), and the Socialist Party (33 seats) -- signed a coalition deal, following three months of negotiations. Regarding the distribution of top government posts, Yuliya Tymoshenko was to assume the post of prime minister, while Petro Poroshenko from Our Ukraine was to become parliament speaker. The Socialist Party was entitled under the deal to the post of first deputy prime minister.

Socialist Party leader Moroz, who aspired to become parliament speaker after the March 26 parliamentary elections, was also apparently unhappy with the fact that this post was offered to Poroshenko.

After it became clear that the former Orange allies might recreate their governing alliance, the Party of Regions launched a blockade of the parliamentary hall. The blockade was in protest against what the Yanukovych-led party saw as an unlawful scheme to appoint the prime minister and parliament speaker in a single, open vote, and against the coalition's failure to offer the opposition sufficient positions on legislative committees.

When everybody thought that the Verkhovna Rada would proceed with approving Poroshenko as speaker, Moroz was suddenly proposed as a candidate for this post. Poroshenko withdrew his candidacy, calling Moroz's move a betrayal of the coalition deal reached on June 22. Moroz was approved as parliament speaker with 238 votes exclusively from his party, the Party of Regions, and the Communist Party.

Cry Baby Moroz wasn't nominated for the Speaker seat so he betrayed the coalition and defected to the Yanukovich camp, which paid him off with Speaker. Doesn't get any simpler than that. Blaming anyone else is a weak attempt to cover up the sins of Moroz.

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 6:36 a.m.    

a little dyslexia...?

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 10:19 a.m.    


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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 10:50 a.m.    

As for Moroz, who withdrew his leftist faction from the just formed Democratic (Orange) Coalition and threw it into the hugs of odious coal and metal magnates in exchange for the speaker’s chair, has already been properly evaluated by his European colleagues.

“We do feel deceived and betrayed by Moroz and his people. We have always thought that social democracy is about decency and not only about power. Social democracy is democracy and so has to follow the will of the people who voted for it and not the politicians’ own interests," Camiel Hamans, secretary general of the Dutch delegation in the Party of European Socialists (PES) in European Parliament, said.

“What Moroz and his ‘social democratic’ friends seem to have in mind is their own ends only. I get the impression the profits of power do count more for them than the national interests. We are really disappointed and will try to isolate them within the PES and the Socialist International or get rid of them.”

It now looks like Moroz - who headed the parliament from 1994 to 1996 but was deprived of the board for springing into the presidential chair at the 1999 election by then-president Leonid Kuchma - has been using the past years to strategize on how to win back his favorite, and influential, chair.

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 5:12 a.m.    

Moroz is a Socialist nitwit who sold out to teh devil because he didnt get w9hat he thought he should have. He was a loser then, he's a loser now. Tymoshenko's only concorn was retaining her seat as Prime Minster, thats the only reason she pressured Yushchenko for parliamentary elections, which you claim wher unconstitutional. One mens treasure is another mans garbage. Spin it whatever way you l8ike, the facts are out there, and teh people know the real truth, not your wanked version.

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 1:29 p.m.    

Moroz was a hero Ne save Ukraine from Yushchenko's meltdown.

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 1:32 p.m.    

There is no doubt about it Yushchenko;s dismissal of Ukraine';s parliament in 2007 was unconstitutional and his interferences in the operation and independence of Ukraine's Constitutional Court was illegal. This is fact and beyond dispute.

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Gene Nelson Dec. 2, 2009, 2:38 a.m.    

I think Ukrtoday hit the nail on the head re: Moroz. While I still consider Moroz a traitor, and evidently so do the people with his low ratings, but I do blame Yush for this happening.

Yush is a failed president and his legacy will be his extreme hatred of Yulia over his love of his country. How could someone hate another so much that they are unable to help their own people? Unless...he just doesn't care???

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Anonymous Dec. 2, 2009, 10:37 p.m.    

This is a fake post. Too bad you havnt the guts to show your real name.

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Anonymous Nov. 30, 2009, 9:42 p.m.    

April 2006

Mr Nemyria called on Mr Yushchenko to take a clear position in support of Ms Tymoshenko's return and lean on Our Ukraine members to fall in line. Mr Nemyria said there was still a risk of repeat elections if the coalition proved unable to appoint a cabinet after parliament opens session in May.

The Orange parties' total of 243 seats out of parliament's 450 makes for a fragile majority, and some Our Ukraine members are threatening to desert unless Ms Tymoshenko gives up her bid for prime minister.

Petro Poroshenko, a businessman and influential Our Ukraine member who clashed with Ms Tymoshenko during her term last year, said on television that Our Ukraine should hold out for the prime ministerial position or force new elections.

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 12:37 a.m.    

On June 13, Our Ukraine suspended talks with Tymoshenko and the Socialists and signaled its readiness for a coalition with the PRU. Yushchenko blamed the Socialists' ambitions for forcing Our Ukraine's hand.

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 12:38 a.m.    


Our Ukraine has confessed that it has been holding "consultations" with the once-bitter rivals, but it is still shy to admit that the possibility of an "orange-blue" coalition is quite high.

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 6:34 a.m.    

These two clowns deserve each other and whoever votes for them desrves EVERYTHING they'll get!!! Hold your nose.

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 10:55 a.m.    

Moroz, another selfish socialist who betrayed those who applauded him at Maidan for a seat in the Speakers chair. Look where he is now. LOL

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2009, 1:27 p.m.    

Yushchenko who wanted every position including the PM for himself. as a result of his moves the Orange coalition collapsed. You need to also remember that our Ukraine were also actively seeking a coalition on their terms with Party of Regions. It was Yushehnko who betrayed the revolution and people of Ukraine. They should have agreed to a power sharing arrangement and formed a governing coalition within days of the elections result not months later.

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Anonymous Dec. 2, 2009, 1:37 a.m.    

Socialist Party of Ukraine National Deputy Yosyp Vinskyi announced on the afternoon of July 6 that the party's chairman, Oleksander Moroz, had betrayed the democratic coalition he had entered into with Roman Bezsmertnyi of Our Ukraine and Yulia Tymoshenko of the eponymous bloc.

As part of the parliamentary coalition agreement, the Socialists were supposed to support Our Ukraine's nominee for chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, no matter who it was.

"Socialist national deputies and Moroz personally created a system of absurd, imagined and unjustifiable arguments as justification for their anti-party position," stated Mr. Vinskyi, who was first secretary of the Socialist Party's Political Council until he resigned in protest to what he saw as Mr. Moroz's betrayal of the party.

"The goal of these arguments was to hide the true intention of a part of the faction, which is trying to form a coalition with the Party of the Regions," Mr. Vinskyi added.

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