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Tymoshenko: Lawmakers being offered $5 million to join ruling coalition

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April 16, 2010, 1 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ex-Ukrainian premier and current opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has said that lawmakers are being offered a bribe of $5 million each in order to join the ruling pro-governmental coalition. "Isolated recreants have currently left our ranks. They, by using the authority of our team, converted it into their dubious achievements, either financial or professional," she said in an interview with the Korrespondent magazine, which was published on Friday.

Tymoshenko said if BYuT members had not been enticed into the coalition, this circumstance would have had to be invented.

"This is natural selection. Can you imagine that our MPs, many of whom have not seen $50,000 in their life, are currently being offered $5 million? Young professionals are being offered high-ranking posts, but 150 people remain in our team, and they are ready to resist," she said.

"And even if historical parallels are drawn, then Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver, figuratively speaking, by a twelfth of the faction, but we, mere mortal and sinful people, have a significantly higher figure," Tymoshenko said.
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Anonymous April 16, 2010, 1:05 p.m.    

What?

In another article in the KP which claims Tymoshenko is loosing clout as an opposition leader, one of her own senior BYuT deputies is claiming there is no need for the current majority to offer MPs money to defect.

Get your stories straight BYuT before people are turned off from you completely.

Won't be long before Yatseniuk overtakes you in credibility as opposition the way you are carrying on!

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Anonymous April 17, 2010, 1:39 a.m.    

Probably both stories are correct. There are probably some BYuT members who smell money with the opposition and for that reason are or will defect. There are others who need to have their palms greased. Finaly, there are some who are principled people who will not move to the opposition or any reason.

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Anonymous April 16, 2010, 9:46 p.m.    

The way she tosses out her political hand-grenades is starting to backfire on her. She will have to reconsider her opposition targets and determine her own consituency. As it stands now, she is just tossing mudd, and hope it sticks.

It is very likely that credible opposition will emerge elsewhere, and her credibility will plunge. She is forgetting that her close race for the Presidency was mostly due to the electorate's mixed feelings for Yanukovic, not her policies. Now it is time for her to carve her own faithfull constituency, her base. And then with base secure, venture into the confrontation not only with Yanukovich, but with Yatseniuk as well. She cannot afford to ignore the attractiveness of other opposition platforms and their political work, while she remains perched at the mountain top, just as she was all the years of Orange daze. Those days are gone. The priviledges are gone. The attentiveness of the press is gone. She needs to see it before she goes too far. What Yanukovich is doing is focusing press on his initiatives, and there are plenty of them; his initiatives are coming out fast and furious, with not enough time for oppositon and the press to sink their teeth into it. Yulia does not have a core value system that ties her to her faithfull electorate. And she does not have an area of strenght that the more sophisticated electorate will trust her with. It is very interesting to see how a politician, so skillfull and nimble under one set of circumstances can completely lose footing in another.

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Gene Nelson April 16, 2010, 9:59 p.m.    

I have no doubt they are making offers, but would think the CC judges would be upset, as they were only offered a million.

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Anonymous April 17, 2010, 10:51 a.m.    

Now GENE where were you when Yushchenko acted illegally in interfering with Ukraine's Constitutional Court in order to prevent the Court from ruling against his decree dismissing Ukraine's previously democratic elected parliament. It was wrong then and it is wrong now. But if I recall you supported Yushchenko illegal actions.

I also recall you being elected moderator of another forum by banning your opposition from participating in the shame of an election where you won by one by vote.

Now it appears your tutu boyfriend and you are at war with each other and your mascara is running. Looks like your no longer part of the gang leadership and you are now just their VITSN.. (Ukrainian translation)

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Anonymous April 17, 2010, 2:59 a.m.    

$5 million and we will pay when we get the IMF money in May. It will all depend on whether we get the IMF money. As you know we are trying to con this money out of IMF. Its more difficult now because our friend Ceyla Parsioglu has been transferred and we still have not yet come around to bribe the new one. Our VP TIgipka is doing all he can to swindle IMF with the false promises once again.In addtion we peopose to extend the program so we can live off IMF for a few more years.Our Tigipka has is very skillful as he had been able to swindle $1 billion out of Ukraine.

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Anonymous April 17, 2010, 8:04 a.m.    

When will this lunatic b(w)itch finally show even in one of her ravings some actual proof that she is telling the truth and can prove her insane claim?

For the Post or any other publication to give her any news space without her showing actual hard facts is a public disservice or they now just become her PR arm and lose their credibility. Of course for this publication, we know they lost credibility a long time ago.

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Anonymous April 17, 2010, 10:43 a.m.    

Tymoshenko should be asking the Constitutional court to rule on the application of Article 81 of Ukraine's constitution and the right of Members of parliament to sit as independents and not be remain a member of the faction that appointed them.

Article 81

The authority of a People’s Deputy of Ukraine shall terminate prior to the expiration of his or her term in office in the event of:

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(6) his or her failure, as having been elected from a political party (an electoral bloc of political parties), to join the parliamentary faction representing the same political party (the same electoral bloc of political parties) or his or her exit from such a faction;

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Where a People’s Deputy of Ukraine, as having been elected from a political party (an electoral bloc of political parties), fails to join the parliamentary faction representing the same political party (the same electoral bloc of political parties) or exits from such a faction, the highest steering body of the respective political party (electoral bloc of political parties) shall decide to terminate early his or her authority on the basis of a law, with the termination taking effect on the date of such a decision.

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Anonymous April 17, 2010, 10:44 a.m.    

Tymoshenko should take action to have those MP's who have crossed the floor removed from office by canceling their mandate.

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