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Yanukovych to call vote if coalition ruled illegal

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March 26, 2010, 5:29 p.m. | Politics — by Reuters

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said on Friday he would call a snap parliamentary election if a court ruled that the creation of the ruling coalition broke constitutional rules. Parliament amended the rules on forming coalitions earlier this month, paving the way for the new government of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov -- a close ally of Yanukovych who was elected to the top post last month.

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a bitter rival of Yanukovych in the presidential election, had called the amendment a "constitutional coup d'etat".

"If the decision of the Constitutional Court will be that the coalition was formed illegally, then I will take a decision on a snap election," Yanukovych told a delegation from the European Parliament.

"I will never go down the path of breaching the constitution that is in force."

Yanukovych said the Constitutional Court had already begun reviewing the case. It was unclear when it could issue a ruling. On urgent matters the court rules within weeks but on matters deemed less urgent it can take months or even longer.

Under the old rules of forming a coalition, parties in parliament had to agree as a whole to join a coalition. Parliament voted to change that to allow individual members of parties to join a coalition in the hope of making up an overall majority.

Yanukovych's supporters in parliament found themselves in a difficult position after his election victory as they were unable to woo enough parties to form a new coalition that would oust Tymoshenko.

But after the change, they were able to muster a slender majority of 235 members from the 450-seat assembly by poaching several supporters of former President Viktor Yushchenko.
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Anonymous March 26, 2010, 7:34 p.m.    

What a joke. The court will rule in his favour because they want to keep their jobs and do not want any criminal investigation set up against them. He has already shown the way he expects courts to behave and what will happen when they do not.

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Anonymous March 26, 2010, 8:05 p.m.    

agreed. dont expect the courts to vote against their boss.

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Anonymous March 27, 2010, 10:53 a.m.    

With the judiciary service strongly in his pocket now what does he expect,,,,it would be a major suprise if they deemed the election and formation of the government illegal under the constitution,,,,,like his rigged election he has a lot of money backing himto make matters work for him,,,,there will be no ruling against him,,,he has now got a stranglehold on all the system and will soon start to reap the rewards,,,,Putins puppet number 2,,,,,welcome back to the USSR Ukraine...

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Anonymous March 27, 2010, 5:02 p.m.    

No election needed yanu. The judges are in your pocket! But it does sound good to consider going to the people. Makes you look half legitimate! I am sure you could arrange any dissenting voices to be beaten up.. The new Ukraine is being born by muscovite led puppets!

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Anonymous March 27, 2010, 7:44 p.m.    

Too bad these crooks cannot be tried in a European court.

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