The leadership of the majority coalition in Ukraine's parliament on Monday slammed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko for allegedly trying to put pressure on the Constitutional Court
in a bid to make it declare the coalition illegal.
Tymoshenko had claimed at a briefing on Monday that Constitutional Court judges "get summoned one by one to representatives of Yanukovych" and are told to either give the go-ahead to the coalition or resign "with a decent pension and less significant posts."
"Today's statements by Yulia Tymoshenko, which she made on the eve of the first meeting of the Constitutional Court to consider the legitimacy of the coalition formed in parliament, amount to direct pressure on the judges. In her habitual manner, Tymoshenko slung mud on judges and politicians, injecting her regular share of lies and conflicts into the general atmosphere," the coalition leadership said in a statement released by the Party of Regions.
For the several weeks it has been in office, the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych has shown coordination and unanimity, the statement said. "Tymoshenko is making an attempt to ruin this unanimity," it said.