Omelchenko quits Yushchenko's party in parliament

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Oct. 4, 2011, 12:25 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Kyiv's former mayor (1999-2006), Oleksandr Omelchenko, who has quit the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense (OU-PSD) faction in parliament, has said he intends to remain an independent deputy. "I'm not going to join any other faction," he told reporters on Tuesday, adding that there are currently 22 independent deputies in parliament.

"By the way, I was an independent deputy for four years. I'm the only one voting with my own card, and I'm the only one not giving my card to anybody else. I even go to smoke with my card so that nobody presses the button instead of me," Omelchenko said.

He said that one of the reasons for his decision to quit the OU-PSD faction was faction leader Mykola Martynenko's decision to join the Front for Change Party, which is led by Arseniy Yatseniuk.

Omelchenko said that despite joining the Front for Change Party, Martynenko retained his post as head of the OU-PSD faction.

"This organizational question is unclear to me," he said.

Omelchenko said that another reason for his decision to quit OU-PSD was his objection to the Our Ukraine Party leader Viktor Yuschenko.

"Most importantly, it's the high immorality of the so-called honorary president, who, unfortunately, now heads the Our Ukraine Party," he said.

Omelchenko said that he was also dissatisfied with "uncertainty in the ranks of the OU-PSD faction, as MPs are constantly "migrating from group to group, from party to party." Читайте об этом на
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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 12:54 p.m.    

The rats are deserting teh ship. Sold out by Yushchenko they realise that come this time next year they will have to find a new safe political harbour as OUr Urkaine with less then 2% support will lose represenation. Such is the legacy of Yushchenko. Even their recent decdion to abandon Yushenko as their protector and patron will not revie their fortunes. There betrayal and denial of democratoc values will be their down fall. Good ridance to them. It was Our Ukraine that destroyed the Orange revolution and the hopes for Ukraine's future.

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 2:34 p.m.    

Wrong. Tymoshenko destroyed the orange revolution. She refused to respect Yushchenko's authority as president, same as she refuses to respect Yanukovich, or respect courts. Tymoshenko recognizes no higher authority than herself. Yushchenko would be foolish to ally with her. Tymoshenko does not compromise with allies.

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 3:25 p.m.    

Yushenko and Yanukovych sabatoged all democratic reforms proposed by Tymoshenko. Then Yanukovych sabotaged the presidential election.

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 4:35 p.m.    

Tymoshenko made a mockery of democracry by calling for new elections every year. Late 2008, when Yushchenko wanted new elections, Tymoshenko opposed him because she only wants new elections when it is to her advantage and to her opponents disadvantage.

Yanukovich won the election. He got more votes than Tymoshenko. Why cant you accept that?

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 6:12 p.m.    

Perhaps because the election was rigged by the 800,000 (winning margin) votes allowed to people not at the polls.

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Anonymous Oct. 5, 2011, 12:25 a.m.    

There was no evidence of major fraud. The election was mostly fair and honest. If you believe in democracy, then believe that yanukovich won, even if you dont like him.

If Tymoshenko won, you would say &quot;she won. it's fair.&quot; Only reason you say there was cheating is because Tymoshenko lost. You dont believe in democracy. You believe in rule by Tymoshenko.

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Anonymous Oct. 5, 2011, 4:26 a.m.    

Wrong, I believe in facts. This section of the election code was changed less than 2 weeks before the first round of Presidential elctions. It was a suprise move by POR supported by Yushenko. At that time, Tymoshenko warned of the impending outcome; hardly prescient. Detailed analysis by at least one, I think two, independent groups pinpointed the difference in three regions of eastern Ukraine. Do some research and you will find it. This was the same trick used in the previous election for the same 800,0000 vote victory. Tymoshenko is hardly perfect or deserves support on the strength of her virtue. I believe in the rule of law. Like democracy, she is the least flawed option.

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Anonymous Oct. 5, 2011, 4:35 a.m.    

I should add to the above: Thank you to Mr. Omelchenko for his moral stance.

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Anonymous Oct. 5, 2011, 5:11 a.m.    

1. Change in election code does not mean fraud.

2. You must SHOW election fraud, not only guess maybe there was fraud.

Why did international election observers accept the results? Why did they not say the results are wrong?

I will tell you why ... because Yanukovich got more votes. Stop trying to re-write history.

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Anonymous Oct. 5, 2011, 5:40 a.m.,_2010

&quot;The election has been widely recognized and endorsed as being fair and an accurate reflection of voters' intentions by all international agencies observing the election including the OSCE and PACE&quot;

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 7:02 p.m.    

He won because the election was free and fair.Something you're cheating Yanukonvict is not going to do while he is in power!The only way to remove him is by force or if he suddenly drops dead!

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Anonymous Oct. 5, 2011, 1:13 p.m.    

Exactly - they're rats - real rats. He's deserting because OU probably won't pass the 3% threshold. These people got to power on Yush's coat tails and they've no compunction about using them to get somewhere else now. Just now you have to say what a scoundrel he is, instead of what they all said before to support him.

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 1:04 p.m.    

He should quit politics and go on pension.He has no value as a member of parliament.

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