Yanukovych criticises limits on his power

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June 25, 2010, 5 p.m. | Politics — by Reuters


KYIV, June 25 (Reuters) - President Viktor Yanukovych said on Friday, June 25, limits on the power of the presidency introduced in Ukraine's 2004 "Orange Revolution" had produced a crisis of authority and urged a change in the constitution. Reversing the amendments would help Yanukovych, who has pursued closer relations with Russia, to consolidate his power after winning presidential elections this year, installing his ally as prime minister and securing a parliamentary majority.

"The experience of state-building... shows that Ukraine's constitution requires certain changes," Yanukovych said in a televised address to the nation ahead of Constitution Day celebrated on June 28.

"Some of its norms, in particular those hastily introduced in 2004, led to misbalancing and a serious crisis of authority, and have become target of justified criticism in the country and from the international community."

The 2004 amendments weakened presidential powers such as control over naming government ministers, passing those functions to the parliament.

They were introduced as part of a deal to end the "Orange Revolution" street protests, which swept Yanukovych's rival Viktor Yushchenko to the presidency.

Yushchenko tried to reverse the amendments during a spat with then-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, but he failed to secure the support of the 300 of 450 parliament deputies required to change the constitution. Three factions that make up Yanukovych's coalition currently control 219 seats in the parliament but the group enjoys support from a number of individual deputies belonging to other factions, routinely securing up to 250 votes.
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Anonymous June 25, 2010, 7:10 p.m.    

He really does want to become a dictator doesn't he. Will he want to be crowned king next? So much for democracy. I hope the world is watching closely what is going on here.

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Anonymous June 25, 2010, 7:37 p.m.    

Your bias-ness and &quot;ultra-nationalism&quot; has blinded you. He is no different than any other previous President. indeed, the Presidential powers have already been curtailed in the last several years.

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Anonymous June 25, 2010, 11:18 p.m.    

What nonsense are you talking about that he wants to become a dictator??!!! what are you talking about?? Yushchenko also tried to reverse the amendments, did you forget?

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 12:12 a.m.    

He was opposed by Yanukovich and band of merry idiots. did YOU forget? Now Mr. Democracy isnt happy with the rules shoved down Yushchenko's throat. Tsk Tsk, too bad.

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 11:15 a.m.    

Well you should thank these amendments, due to them yushchenko became president

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Anonymous June 25, 2010, 11:09 p.m.    

As a British citizen, one can only put his complaints as sour grapes not a rational arguement to democracy, the rationale of the Parliment is to govern the President's powers.

I have been married to a Ukrainian Lady since 2003 and have spent 6 months in the Ukraine every year since then and all I can see is the end the freedom of speech that the Orange Revolution gave to the Ukrainians to be able to see deeper into the affairs of all: And who is the power behind the Throne too!


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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 1:42 a.m.    

NUNS No More: Causing a Constitutional Quandary

Our Ukraine - Peoples Self Defence (NUNS) to be dissolved following the demise of Yushchenko's leadership.

Ukrainian News has been reporting large number of defections from their Parliamentary representatives to the governmening colaition camp promting a call for the parliamentary faction to be dissolved.

If NUNS does dissolve, as expected, it will raise further concerns about Ukraine's Constitutional 'Imperative mandate' provisions (Article 81) which requires members of parliament to remain a member of the parliamentary faction that appointed them. If the faction ceases to exist the provisions of Article 81 also fall.

What impact this could have on the Constitutional validity of the current parliament is uncertain. The Constitutional Court having had a bet each way in its recent past rulings.

Update. National Radio Ukraine is reporting the formal dissolution of the NUNS faction.

This recent announcement could give rise for Yanukovych to call fro fresh parliamentary elections in order to restore constitutional order. If fresh elections here held this month Party of Regions would secure an absolute majority in its on right and a constitutional majority in coalition with Sergei Tipiko's Strong Ukraine faction

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 3:11 a.m.    

Sergei Tipiko is just a clone of yanukovich.

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 6:04 p.m.    

Article 81 was violated by the formation of the ruling coalition so fresh elections have been required since may.With hard decisions required on the budget a party with a absolute and constitutional majority is needed.Coalitions and Factions have been a curse on Ukraine.

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 1:47 a.m.    

The amendments to Ukraine's Constitution in 2004 were a step in the right direction. They came about as a result of a longing campaign and struggle to see Ukraine adopt a system of parliamentary democracy in line with other European States such as Estonia and Latvia.

If anything Ukraine needs further reform to remove power from the head of state. Reform that Yanukovych and Party of Regions had formerly supported.

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 4:49 a.m.    

This fatso President complained that the President had too much power when he was in opposition. All these politicians are the same.

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 6:29 a.m.    

yanukovich is right

the office of the president of the ukraine must gain respect

that ex-orange thing was woeful...he destroyed the country

so i am for yanukovich

he must get more executive power to get the ukraine back on track and prosperity

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 8:16 a.m.    

Was Kuchma getting &quot;Ukraine on the right track&quot;? HARDLY

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 4:28 p.m.    

the office of the president of Ukraine must indeed gain respect

And it will gain respect when the &quot;political elite&quot; themselves finally respect that office and the offices that they hold.

And Yanukonvict can start to gain that respect by giving back what he stole - Mezhihirya.

Khoroshkovsky can start by resigning and just sticking with his Inter TV.

Parliamentary deputies can start by getting rid of parliamentary immunity, and by not taking bribes to join the Coalition of Carcasses.

Yanukonvict's son can start by resigning from the Rada.

Ganna German's son can start by resigning from his deputy minister post.

Ganna German can start by telling us how she managed to get a $58,000 watch on a meager government salary.

When all of these sovok relics stop lying, then the office of president will gain respect.

When all of these sovok relics stop abusing government for their own personal benefit, then the office of president will gain respect.

When all of these sovok relics stop demanding dictatorial powers, and when they lead by GOOD example, then the office of president will gain respect.

Ukraine never was on track.

And given the Ukrainian penchant for talking and arguing for hours and hours on end, and for lying and stealing, Ukraine never will get on track.

If you are for Yanukonvict, then I pity you.

Because you put your fate in the hands of a criminal, illiterate bumpkin sovok relic and his sovok relic cronies, who don't care about you - only about Firtash and themselves, and getting back to Kuchmism.

I don't see why anyone would want to do that.

працюють ефективно

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 8:15 a.m.    

Funny, he was against this when Yushenko wanted more power.

How ironic.

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 8:06 p.m.    

Tymoshenko said the root cause of the Ukraine’s political mess stems from a deal struck during the 2004 Orange Revolution between Yushchenko and former president Leonid Kuchma to change the constitution in a way that fractured powers and diluted presidential authority.

“This is the reason for the chaos in government and the complete collapse of the system of power. We have an absolutely ungovernable country on our hands,” Tymoshenko said.

26th November 2009 - Kyiv Post.

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 10:53 p.m.    

dear ukrainian people,do you wont wake up or you are so blind and stupid to don't see what janucovich and friend has destroyed your country,your fredom,your democracy,your free future,your development,your economy and he want more power,he has done all the awfull things against a country as much as possible as dictator, if that was a limit somebody stopped him before to make:

-the russian fleet deal until 2042,so the russian living in sevastopol before were quite,because 2013 russian move out,now they are the boss again

-selling ukrainian factories to russia,what remain in your country?

-end of democracy,all the world knows what janucovich did during medveded visit

-now the investors from america and ue don't trust janucovich cause his policy

-which development ukraine has received,nothing,only russia has benefits

-wich modernization?janu carry you back at soviet time,only russian slaves

-the only development is destroy ukrainian interest for russian interest put money on his pocket

-until janucovich is there ,no future for the ukrainian people,you remain poor and slave....

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 5:39 a.m.    

Why on earth would this convicted criminal we have for a president want more power. He has already bought or replaced the judges, police and regional heads. he is forcing educational institution staff to join the party of regional corruption or be sacked or have their working hours cut. Over 100 closely associated family members of Yanuconvict are in positions of authority. And putin's demented imbecile puppet needs more power? Wake up Uraine before it's too late!

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Anonymous June 29, 2010, 10:15 a.m.    

One can only hope Ukrainians wake up to this man. An incompetent but power driven autocrat tied to the Donbass oligarchs,, and his other cronies.

As other commenters have noted, it is the autocrat Putin who is pulling many of the strings here, with Yanukovich too weak or stupid to realize the cost of his policies to national economic modernization.

Yanukovich has shown his true colors .. power, cronyism.. all ties to the past. I hope the Rada opposition has the gumption to fight this, and that my country, the USA, does not sell out Ukraine to &quot;resetting&quot;of relations with the Kremlin

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