Ukraine needs legitimate government to continue reforms, says Yanukovych

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Aug. 24, 2012, 12:39 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukraine needs a legitimate government to continue reforms, therefore it is interested in holding fair and democratic parliamentary elections, President Viktor Yanukovych has said.

Ukraine needs a legitimate government to continue reforms, therefore it is interested in holding fair and democratic parliamentary elections, President Viktor Yanukovych has said. 

While speaking at an Independence Day ceremony in Kyiv on Friday, he said he was confident that the current parliamentary elections will be a "starting point for fundamental changes in the Ukrainian society."

"The elections should be held fairly and in accordance with the law. Reforms need a legitimate representative government. Only the enemies of our state's modernization could prevent its formation, block and disrupt this process," Yanukovych said.

He also said that he was planning to do everything necessary to ensure the implementation of reforms in the country. 

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Harry Yellando Aug. 24, 2012, 2:11 p.m.    

Ha ! Ha !

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 25, 2012, 2:33 a.m.    

Ukraine will never be a free independent democratic state as long as it is beholden to presidential rule.

yes it needs legislate and representative Governmnet but it will not achieve this under the current model. divions and ongoing conflict between the office of the president and the people's representative parliament will continue to divide Ukraine.

The revised MMP split mandate will further divide Ukraine undermining stability and acceptance.

The adoption of first-past-the-post outing in single member electorates means that a candidate can be elected to office with less than 50% and as little as 30% support. Athe highest polling caudate wins even if a majority of voters are opposed to that candidate.

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Mykhayl Aug. 25, 2012, 7:55 a.m.    

Слава Ісу~

Can this be reprinted in the original, it couldn't have been this rediculous.

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Jerry Vilna-Ukraina Aug. 25, 2012, 8:39 a.m.    

I agree with yanou, Ukraine indeed needs a legitimate government, but you, yanou are NOT the one to lead this new reform government, YOU Yanou and your cronies are the problem.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 25, 2012, 8 p.m.    

If Yanukovych is interested in a legitimate process for free and fair elections why is it that his henchmen are conducting themselves in exactly the opposite manner? The interference of transport to rallies by the Opposition (via buses), the interference of telecommunications (TV), the continuous harassment by the SBU and PGO do not legitimize this process. Vitya is a hypocrite.

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