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Yushchenko calls for Yanukovych to veto amendments to law on parliament's regulations

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March 10, 2010, 3:28 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

According to Yushchenko, allowing independent MPs to join a coalition would "violate the imperative regulations of the Constitution and will lead to the illegal formation and activity of a government."

Our Ukraine party leader Victor Yushchenko has sent a letter to Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych with a request that he veto amendments to the law on regulations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the party's press service reported on Mar. 10. "I'm addressing you dear Mr. President, the guarantor of the Constitution of Ukraine, to veto the mentioned amendments to the law of Ukraine on regulations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and to show support for the law and the Constitution of Ukraine," reads the letter from Yushchenko.

According to Yushchenko, allowing independent MPs to join a coalition would "violate the imperative regulations of the Constitution and will lead to the illegal formation and activity of a government."
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Anonymous March 10, 2010, 4:13 p.m.    

So! The man who did a deal with the devil to allow him to become president now expects him to actually obey the constitution. Since when do Moscophiles have any regard for constitutional regularity in Ukrainian matters? They will now make their own laws as they see fit.... Watch and see the funny games the new president will play.. The Donetsk mafioso will now play the game by their rules..

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Anonymous March 11, 2010, 11:12 a.m.    

Yush &quot;allowed&quot; Yanuk to become President precisely because it was in line with he constitution. Yanuk had a majority in the RADA because Moroz legitimatily even if for terrible reasons agreed to support him. Yush had absolutley no reason to deny Yanuk the Premership according to the constitution. Now he's just saying that Yanuk should do the same and respect it.

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Edward Gibson March 10, 2010, 6:40 p.m.    

Time for Yushchenko to pack up and shut up.

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Anonymous March 10, 2010, 6:53 p.m.    

I have to say that the amendmends to the parliamentary Regulations totally correspond with the international standards and the rule of law. Even a Venice Commission stated in its opinion that the faction-based formation of the parliamentary majority &quot;could hardly be seen as compatible with the freedom of the choice and decision guaranteed to political parties by the Constitution, in conformity with European standards in this field&quot;.

I wrote a rather long blogpost on this point with a lot of quotations - actually I don;t know if it is permitted to give links here, but I'll try: vysotska.blogspot.com.

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Anonymous March 11, 2010, 11:08 a.m.    

guaranteed to political parties by the Constitution

Isn't that the whole point of the objections - it says politicial PARTIES not individual members (or as Yush puts individual members).

Here the proposed law is doing exactly the opposite. It's giving individual memebers the freedom to do whatever they want. The existing law already gives parties the freedom to chose. But here it's allowing say individual BYUT members who were elected on a paritcular platform for very personal reasons (as shown in Ukraine Pravda) to act according to those interests and against what the party as a whole has decided. (And personally I don't have any sympathies whatsoever for BYUT).

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Anonymous March 11, 2010, 11:09 a.m.    

correction as Yush puts it independent members

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