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Tymoshenko: Yanukovych entourage aims at recognizing legitimacy of coalition before president's trip to U.S.

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March 29, 2010, 5:18 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The entourage of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych is demanding a ruling on the legitimacy of the creation of the new coalition in the Verkhovna Rada and the government's formation from the Constitutional Court ahead of the head of the state's visit to the United States scheduled for April 11, ex-premier of Ukraine and BYT leader Yulia Tymoshenko has said. "Representatives of Yanukovych have made a strict demand to the Constitutional Court - a ruling must be made that the coalition and the government are legitimate," she said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

Tymoshenko said that judges of the Constitutional Court are being invited to meet with representatives of Yanukovych, where they receive offers either to recognize the coalition and the government legitimate, or resign, in exchange for reasonable pensions and less important positions.

"$1 million is offered [to a judge] to make the required ruling to approve this coalition and the government," Tymoshenko said and added she obtained this information "directly from the Constitutional Court."

The BYT leader also claimed that judges of the Constitutional Court are threatened with proceedings against them or the Verkhovna Rada could dismiss them if they don't make this ruling. Tymoshenko said that the BYT would use "all possible parliamentary methods" to prevent these dismissals.
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Anonymous March 29, 2010, 5:40 p.m.    

I wouldn't doubt it!

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Anonymous March 29, 2010, 6:15 p.m.    

Three cheers for Yulia !

In known open democracies the Legislative , Judicial, and

Executive branches of government function independently.

If , what is claimed by BYT , is true then this is an outright

mockery of proclaimed intentions and the best plan would be to stay within your own borders.

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Anonymous March 29, 2010, 6:48 p.m.    

And this coming from Tymo :-)

Goebbels principle: NEVER EVER, EVER EVER EVER show any sign of repentance or shame.

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Anonymous March 30, 2010, 6:05 a.m.    

muscovite principles.... Deny everything and in the background do your dirty work. If all else fails, liquidate your opposition, gently at first by using your newly bought judges and put them in prison or if that fails execute them.

russians have never been embarrassed by murdering people. It is in their genes! Any nation that puts stalin up on a pedestal and worships him is a sick nation.

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Anonymous March 29, 2010, 7:03 p.m.    

Why have a Constitutional Court if this is how it operates?

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Anonymous March 29, 2010, 7:47 p.m.    

Its a lot cheaper to spend 15 million bribing the CC than to spend 200 million on a new election. This is just good economic policy from POR.

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Anonymous March 30, 2010, 6:08 a.m.    

I am sure that our judges would have gladly accepted half a million and a couple of good old fashioned, soviet style threats. They will get the extra millions once yanyk really starts screwing the country!

There are plenty of corrupt decisions to be made in the future. Why be greedy?

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Anonymous March 30, 2010, 2:20 a.m.    

Ukraine should be more like Russia and not accept these comments.

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Anonymous March 30, 2010, 6:01 a.m.    

Fortunately Ukraine is NOT like russia and some people actually have a voice. Obviously after yanyk gets absolute control of the press freedom of speech will become a thing of the past apart from Internet sites like this. Corruption needs to be exposed and exposed regularly. It is a very sick society (eg - russia, china and iran) that disallows freedom of speech.

But there is good news - the muscovites are finally rebelling against the little emperor in russia. That is, until he decides to get rid of them in an acceptably ruthless manner.

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