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Our Ukraine says it reserves right to negotiate coalition with other parliamentary factions

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March 2, 2010, 1:04 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The faction of the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense bloc reserves the right to negotiate a possible majority coalition with other parliamentary factions apart from the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko.

The faction of the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense bloc reserves the right to negotiate a possible majority coalition with other parliamentary factions apart from the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko. The faction head, Mykola Martynenko, announced this from the parliament's rostrum on Tuesday.

Martynenko said that the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense offered to appoint its representative to the post of prime minister to prevent the concentration of power in one pair of hands.

"Our faction is ready to assume responsibility for economic reform," Martynenko said.

However, the faction's coalition partners from the BYT faction have flatly refused to surrender the post of prime minister, and are putting forward more and more proposals, he said.

In addition, the BYT is trying to check members of the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense faction for their loyalty to the BYT faction, he said.

"We cannot accept this and we reserve the right to hold consultations on a coalition with other factions," the lawmaker said.

Asked whether his faction was prepared to offer a nomination for prime minister, he said, "the nominee will be a member of [our] faction, an experienced and highly professional person."
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Anonymous March 2, 2010, 1:52 p.m.    

Judas )ushchenko is at work...

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Anonymous March 2, 2010, 2:18 p.m.    

&quot;the BYT faction have flatly refused to surrender the post of prime minister&quot;. There 3x bigger! Why should BYuT give the PM post to OU-PSD? Whats democratic about that? The biggest party in the coalition should have the PM post!

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Anonymous March 2, 2010, 3:19 p.m.    

Well, if BYT doesn't like the terms set by NUNS, they can go to Regions and do a deal themselves. But in either case, Yulia Tymoshenko is out as PM.

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Anonymous March 2, 2010, 10:53 p.m.    

Party of Regions holds all the trump cards except one. Constitutional majority. A coalition between BYT and Party of Regions could be beneficial and certainly more stable then one that involves Our Ukraine. Hopefully BYT and Party of regions can sit down again at the negotiating table but I also think this is unlikely to happen.

The problem facing Our Ukraine is that a governing coalition is formed by Factions not individual MP's (Article 83 of Ukraine's Constitution). They need to secure and carry the support of Our Ukraine-Peoples' Self Defense as a whole. They can not act as separate parties.

Any new coalition with Our Ukraine and Party of Regions will be in the same position as Tymsohenko's government the only difference is that Yanukovych hold the trump cards and the support of the main parliamentary faction. he will prove that the office of the President still holds and can wield much power

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Anonymous March 2, 2010, 3:21 p.m.    

Tymoshenko has obviously lost control of Martynenko and some of the PSD deputies that were previously backing her, inflating BYT's deputy total to a powerful 188. This should be enough to push Tymo out of power.

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Anonymous March 2, 2010, 3:54 p.m.    

Our Ukraine is so good at politics that they'll be left with nothing. Just you wait and see.

They ruined the democratic coalition and won't go into the new coalition because they can't divide the seats among themselves.

THROW THE BUMS OUT !!!

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Anonymous March 2, 2010, 10:46 p.m.    

I totally agree. our Ukraine are political prostitutes. They tried the same tactic in 2006 when they sold our the orange revolution. They claimed at the time it was not positions but policy that counted. Any government that is beholden to Our Ukraine for its existence will inevitably fail. Ukraine would be better off holding yet again another election

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Anonymous March 3, 2010, 3:17 a.m.    

Except for two Victors (one Western, the other Moscow) all other politicians (Yulia included) are political prostitutes. Sad for ukraine

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