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Ukraine court to rule on wider presidential powers

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Sept. 30, 2010, 5:50 p.m. | Politics — by Reuters

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A top court in Ukraine will on Friday hand down a ruling that could give President Viktor Yanukovich wider powers, enabling him to name his own government and tighten his grip on the country. Since Yanukovich came to power in February, his allies have pressed for him to recover presidential powers, lost in 2004 constitutional reforms, on the grounds this will enable him to push through reform in the ex-Soviet republic of 47 million.

They have now asked the Constitutional Court's 18 judges to rule that there were irregularities in a 2004 law which was brought in during the upheaval of the Orange Revolution street protests.

The law shifted some presidential powers to parliament, chiefly the right to name the prime minister and most cabinet members, and frustrated the pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko in his five years in office which ended earlier this year.

If the court rules in favour of the proposal, Yanukovich, who has quickly consolidated power since taking over from Yushchenko, will rule in a presidential system like that of many other former Soviet republics, including Russia. The Constitutional Court said on Thursday it had reached its decision and would announce it on Friday in a session starting at 10 a.m.
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Anonymous Sept. 30, 2010, 6:34 p.m.    

It is sad to see this wonderful country be moved back to the stone age. What with stone age leaders, what could one expect? Now maybe people will see the Orange tried to move the country forward.

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Anonymous Sept. 30, 2010, 8:06 p.m.    

18 judges and how many are in Yanukovich's pocket?

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Anonymous Sept. 30, 2010, 11:42 p.m.    

Yes it is sad. The forms that were ushered in were a step in the right direction. Yushchenko cpmt mid tom undermine Ukraine's democratic development. In 2005 Yushchenko refused to support the formation of a Orange coalition and support the Socialist party of Ukraine sharing in power. Without Oleksandr Moroz support Yushchenko would not have been elected.

What surprises me is that Yanukovych was previously a supporter of democratic reform and Ukraine becoming a parliamentary democracy. What power does he need that he does not already have. Instead of seeking support for reform Yanukovych is now following in Yushchenko foot steps and ceasing it thought the back door. Ukraine's biggest mistake as not following in Latvia and Estoniu'as footsteps and adopting a full parliamentary model in 1996. Thanks to Yushchenko I fear Yanukovych will succeed, Democracy has been set back a generation or more. Yushenkos five years in office was a complete disaster for Ukraine. Be betrayed all and every one.

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