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Tymoshenko fights on, refuses to recognize Yanukovych win

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Feb. 26, 2010, 12:06 a.m. | Ukraine — by Peter Byrne

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko at the HIgher Administrative Court on Feb. 19, just before she withdrew her challenge alleging electoral fraud. She vows to stay on the job until parliament votes her out.
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Defying the official election results and international public opinion, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko boycotted the inauguration of Victor Yanukovych as president on Feb. 25. However, the odd duo may be forced to share power for awhile. A no-confidence vote aimed at ousting Tymoshenko’s governing coalition is supposed to take place in parliament next week. However, she would remain acting prime minister even if a majority of the 450 deputies oust her – at least until a new coalition is formed and new government appointed. She is still trying to muster enough votes to stay in power.

Whatever scenario plays out, a brutal showdown is brewing between Tymoshenko and Yanukovych. Besides being the nation’s two most popular politicians, they also command the largest two factions in parliament – with Yanukovych’s Party of Regions having 172 votes to the Tymoshenko bloc’s 153.

As Yanukovych rehearsed taking the oath of office in parliament on Feb. 24, Tymoshenko said during a Cabinet of Ministers meeting next door that the fate of the nation hung in the balance.

“The moment of truth has arrived: The decision whether or not to side with Yanukovych will show who values the preservation of Ukraine’s independence and self-identity and who does not,” Tymoshenko said, referring to the leaders of the Our Ukraine group, a 71-member political camp in parliament that formerly backed ex-President Victor Yushchenko. It was a clear threat that she would hold them accountable for betraying the 2004 Orange Revolution principles if they join Yanukovych’s Party of Regions in a ruling coalition.

“I am certain that Our Ukraine group leaders … will stand firmly in the defense of Ukraine and everything Ukrainian. I am certain that these leaders will not change their ideology or beliefs and join a majority coalition led by Party of Regions,” added Tymoshenko.

While Yanukovych has a stronghold over voters in the Russian-speaking east and south, Tymoshenko’s BYuT bloc has clashed with Our Ukraine over the years for Ukrainian-speaking voters in western and central regions of the nation. If Our Ukraine joins Yanukovych in a coalition, Tymoshenko could snap up alienated voters in future elections.

In the short term, it wasn’t clear whether she and her government would take orders from the new president.

Andriy Shevchenko, a member of Tymoshenko’s parliament faction, told reporters on Feb. 25 after a meeting with colleagues that the prime minister and her supporters have a couple of plans in mind.

“Plan A is to preserve, by all means available, the current coalition. Plan B, if a new majority coalition in parliament is formed, is to prepare to work in the opposition, that is, be an opposition faction,” Shevchenko said.

If the Party of Regions gets its way, they would replace the current “Coalition of Democratic Forces” with a “Coalition of Stability and Reforms,” and oust Tymoshenko.

According Volodymyr Tsybulko, a Lviv-based Ukrainian poet and former parliament deputy, they might just get their wish if self-interest triumphs over ideology within Our Ukraine –Self Defense grouping. “When it comes to Ukraine, the issues of democracy, legitimacy and patriotism collide in such a way that it’s very difficult for deputies to take a stand on policy or principle,” Tsybulko said.

“It’s too early to tell what ingredients Yanukovych and Party of Regions want to add to their majority soup,” said Anatoliy Hrytsenko, a former presidential candidate and Our Ukraine grouping lawmaker. “If the recipe is a bad enough, the only solution will be to call new parliamentary elections. “

According to Ukraine’s Constitution, a new election can be called if the parliament fails to appoint a new Cabinet within 60 days after the old one is disbanded, or if sessions fail to commence within 30 days of a single regular session.

Tymoshenko has acted like she does not mind an early election, and has continued repeating that she would never recognize Yanukovych’s presidency.

During a nationally televised address on Feb. 22, she said Yanukovych and his team are already busy destroying the country economically, exploiting cheap labor and defaming Ukrainian language and culture.

“They need cheap labor, poor and disenfranchised people who can be forced to work at their factories for peanuts,” she said. “They also need Ukraine’s riches, which they have been stealing for the last 18 years.”

Tymoshenko said during the address that outgoing President Victor Yushchenko and his successor opened the door to “massive and flagrant election rigging” days before the Feb. 7 runoff by amending the election law.

“[Ukraine’s High Administration Court] refused to even consider documented, proven evidence of the fraud,” Tymoshenko said. “The court cynically refused to establish the truth.”

Hanna Herman, spokeswoman for Yanukovych and his Party of Regions, called Tymoshenko’s tirade shameful. “Tymoshenko, who has taken an anti-government position, is now calling for civil unrest,” said Herman. “Her assertion that international observers were ready to offer evidence of election fraud to the court is a deliberate attempt to confuse ordinary citizens and the international community.”

International observers generally rated the election as free and fair.

Oleksandr Chernenko, chairman of the Western-funded Committee of Voters of Ukraine, said that while there were documented violations during both rounds of voting, they were non-systemic, committed by sympathizers of both candidates and did not alter the outcome of the race.

Exit polls also matched the official results.

“Tymoshenko’s pro-forma attempt to contest the presidential election result in court on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 should be interpreted as the start of her new political campaign, not the outcome of the presidential election.” Chernenko said.


Kyiv Post staff writer Peter Byrne can be reached at byrne@kyivpost.com.
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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 12:23 a.m.    

Go Julia, You had your limelight, now chil off, and spend your billions... enjoy life before your health deteriorates in these stressfull sickening political mad circus..

Go and smell he roses, while it is ime, and look back no more..

You are who you are, and live for the future, re make yourself, your image, by trying to be the real you,,,,

Good bye,,, and gooo gooooo gooooooooo have peace! Shalom!

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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 5:06 a.m.    

'They also need Ukraine's riches, which they have been stealing for the last 18 years'

yulia said this?

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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 9:39 a.m.    

What the author fails to point out here is that Tymoshenko currently controls not only her own 152 deputies, but also a further 36 from Our Ukraine, giving her an inflated total of 188.

A new election will be a disaster for BYT. Tymo will only get 100 deputies or less. BYT will be crushed by newcomers Tigipko, Yatseniuk, and Kirilenko.

Prediction for the make-up of a new VR:

Regions - 140

BYT - 100

Tigipko - 80

Yatseniuk - 40

Yuschenko/Kirilenko - 60

Communists - 30

BYT is bluffing. They will be the biggest losers in any new election.

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Anonymous March 1, 2010, 4:50 a.m.    

You are the one that is bluffing. You have increased the support for the OU faction to over 22% which has never gone above 14 percent in the past.

If Fresh parliamentary elections were held last month then all parties would lose support. the only winner would be Tigipko who would hold the balance of power

Based on the first round presidential election results:

Party: Seats

PoR: 178

BYuT: 126

Tigipko: 66

Y-Front: 35

OU: 27

CPU: 18

sum: 450

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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 12:35 p.m.    

Whatthe author failed to point out is that there is an Israeli stooge here that has subscribed to the notion of Plato, &quot; repeat a lie often enough&quot; and people will believe it..

Well this agressive persistent dummie got his numbers wrong, and as allways I ave to help him out,,

Well I am getting tired of it but here it goes:

Next election's predictions:

Regions 240

Comunist 80

Socialist 50

Reformist 40

Yushenko 30

US agent Jewlia 10

US govt agent Tigipko 0

Isreal/Mossad agent Yatseniuk 0

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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 6:44 p.m.    

You fail to mention KGB or MI-6. That is KGB Agent Vlad the Putin was the one that orchestrated this election. Certainly the brits are up to something, but they must be very good at it, becuase fail to recognize their man in Kyiv. And what about the Canuks, surely they must have some one on their payroll. Yoy are a little paranoid, but that is a russian trait (viking/tartar but not slavic)about everyone in the world is out to get us.

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 2:25 p.m.    

Why are so many writting about Israel a country with a population slightly larger than Kiev. Are you all afraid and parinoid!

Chicken Ukrainians stand up for your selfs and stop pointing fingers saying it is someone elses fault. It is your country take responsibility stop pointing fingers towards Israel!

Learn how to work with all peoples from around the world!

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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 4:02 p.m.    

I think that this woman is completely stupid

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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 7:14 p.m.    

She's completed into herself and the money $$$$ won't leave office until she collects it all.

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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 6:22 p.m.    

Seems pretty clear that the coalition (NUNS &amp; Lytvyn) have left what remains of Tymoshenko.

If the woman had any class she would simply resign -- but in her true nature of making everything into a crisis -- she clings on to power in the hopes that she can do a backroom deal to save her life outside the bowels of Ukrainian power. Shameful, quite frankly.

She said she was Ukraine. Now, it looks as though she's just an ordinary politician looking to save her own ass. She said she would protect Ukraine. Now, looks like Ukraine needs to be protected from her ego centric tactics. She said the economic crisis would end in March. Now looks like things are getting worse.

Why doesn't she end it and leave Ukraine to get on with its life without Tymoshenko.

When there is a will there is a way.

Unfortunately, our highest politicians forget that they are ordinary people too and think they need a parachute to land on their feet. You lost Yulia -- give up your fight and get on with your life so we can get on with ours.

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Anonymous Feb. 27, 2010, 4:58 a.m.    

The greatest danger facing peacefull coexstence among the nations today, is the vicious destructive vindictive wickedness produced by mossad and their us counterpart.

Every confrontation and genocide for the last 60 years clearly testifies to that.

The kgb m5--678 are not inherently evil and destructive as the us and israeli agencies of ths field.

Why?

Not even Satan can design and exicute more evil and repulsive acts as these formentioned inherently evil agencies of crimes against hi=umanity and peacfull coexistence..

Now you have it,, change sides and be creative to do good, and dump your well payng serpants

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 2:21 p.m.    

To bad you didn't forget to write about it!

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Anonymous Feb. 27, 2010, 5:15 a.m.    

Let us see what the west had accomplished for the people of Ukraine...

1. The USA had forced Ukraine to arm Georgia, with money borrowed from Europe and IMF. This war costed Ukraine 7 $ Billion, and the money needed to be paid back by starving Ukrainians, as the USA who designed and forced this war on Ukraine, would be a fool to pay for it.

2. USA had demanded that UKRAINE develop hostile reationship with Russia, and any out fall of this will be handled by American money..

Well as expected, the US told Ukrane to beg Europe and Japan for money to pay for Russian gas, as it increased from$50 to $400/100 cm due to the hostile attitude of Ukraine to Russia, as dictated by America. And as expected America did not keep its word, but caused Ukraine $ 5 billion extra cost per year for Russian gas, that was easilly affordable before american democracy forced Ukrainians to attack am=nd massacre Russiansenior citizens in Abkhazia.

So the American designed financed and installed Orange democracy created Ukraine at least 35 billion dollars including interest, while tha masses of Ukrainains have been starving and without job or hope..

Orange democracy: $ 35 billion debt to Ukraine, makes America laugh, if it could not get the slave to kill each other, like in the middle east thhey got the muslis to do it, at least it bankrupted ukraine quite well,,, not bad america, champions of democracy and wars of terror for oil,,

Now, there puppet is hanging on to power as the us is desperate to cause a bit more demage to Russia and Ukraine, hoping it would take Russia and China a bit longer to do what is inevitable,,, overtake disarm divide and control America,,,with the help of EU the British, Chineese Indians, Russians, and every other country who are sick of America's out of control Hitler like behaviour and destructions

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 2:20 p.m.    

Russia only wants to use Ukraine there is absolutely nothing Russia will give only take and exploit!

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Anonymous Feb. 27, 2010, 1:19 p.m.    

Ukraine I cry for you. I am a Canadian by birth, Ukrainian by ancestry. I am married and living in Ukraine for almost 5 years. Ukraine has the potential to be the richest country in Europe and in the worlds top 10. In addition, due to ties to Russia and to the west, Ukraine could be the bridge, the statesperson to help bring two great regions together. Instead, corruption, greed, a ridiculously convoluted election and parliament system, and an unworkable legal system have conspired to ruin a truely great country. I have some sugesstions for you.

Elections. There can be only 1 leader just as a ship has only 1 Captain. The leader should be the head of the political party holding the most elected members of the Verkovna Rada.

Members of Verkovna Rada

Each oblast will bealotted a certain number of seats in the Rada. In each oblast, regions will be divided and the election of representatives will come from each district regardless of any or no party affiliation. Each person who wants to run for office will be responsible for raising their own campaign costs and be limited to say, 10,000 Ghyrvnia. This will keep the very rich from buying elections. Accurate campaign contributions and costs must be kept by each person running and open to public acrutiny. The leader will not be elected at all, but will be the leader of the group electing the most members to the Rada. This way, the Rada will accurately reflect the grass roots desires of the people of Ukraine.

There will be no legal protection for politicians other than that which is offered to each citizen of Ukraine.

Corruption

Corruption by ANY civil servant in any form must result in a fine, maybe minimum 5000 Hryvnia and criminal prosecution, immediate dismissal from their post, including any member of the Rada or the leader, President, Prime Minister, Premier or what ever name the position is decided. This would range from the traffic cop taking 50 Hyrvnia to ignore a speeding offense, a govt office worker accepting a box of candy to hurry a paper through the beauracracy to a politician accepting thousands or millions to help a company to land a lucrative contact.

The future can be yours Ukraine, but you the people must want it and ensure your politicians of any stripe you will not accept the staus quo since 1991.

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 2:18 p.m.    

If you really cared about Ukraine you would do something about it instead of writing these long diatribes that benefit noone!

Put your money where you month is!

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 9:30 p.m.    

Which month ?

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Anonymous Feb. 27, 2010, 3:59 p.m.    

he canadian corruption is world famous.

take the the ontario teacher's pension fund for instance

it has 200 billion in assetts and the ontario government has 200 billion debt

each year the province gives 5 billion to the pension fund, the money that is borrowed from the pension fund o begin with..

these types of scams goes in canada that reaches over a trillion today..

what can canada teach ukraine is high way robbery of public purse, creating a police state where the cops are told to fine law abiding drivers, to fill the government coffers,,

canada is a police stae where most courts are run by a visible minority and a visible sexual orientation,,

it is the perfect example of a people run by corrupt government,,,

every election in canada is fixed we canadians all know that, so why are u preaching all this nonsense?

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 2:15 p.m.    

Are you trying to compare Ukraine to Canada? Pull you head out of the sand and look around!

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 4:47 a.m.    

Canada is far from perfect as a democracy. In fact, any democracy by its very existence will be imperfect. When was the last time you were stopped by the Horsemen or the OPPand your ticket magically disappeared with the application of a C note? When did any politician in Canada get blanket immunity from prosecution? I'm not sure just how you know electionsare rigged. Care to elaborate with facts? I am from an area with probably the largest concentration of Ukkrainians in Canada so I am darn sure it isn't the Ukraine people doing this. The sooner the grass roots people of Ukraine take their rightful power, the sooner Ukraine will assume its rightful place in Europe and the world.

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 7:23 a.m.    

Canada has the highest national debt per capita in the world today, and as such the most financially in debt people in the world.

The country is run by the state of Israel it is a colony of Amerca that is controlled and governed by Israel.

The dome stadium in Toronto was buit by ontario tax payers money, then given to Isreali consortium for $120 million, while te consortium had recieved 200 million operating gift from the otario taxpayer's jewish controled public purse. The toronto dome was to be sold for an asian consortium for 44,5 billion, but israel blocked the sale and took an ontario public property of the ontario taxpayers, and stole it, and got $80 million for tself as well to run it. a $4 billion rp off, something we never here of happening in Ukraine,, only cops take a feww hrivne kick back, and the west only hates the ukrainian police, as they are by the majority anti american.

The alberta nuclear power station buit at a cost of $ 7 billion, and Israel took it for $ 1 and got 300 million operating aid. another $7 billion rip off of the taxpayers of Canada and the population is oppressed beyond ability to defend such robbery and corruption,, again these types of corruption did happen in Ukraine, under Julia's reign, but no one dares to talk about it except the same drum beat, the ukrainian politicians are corrupt.

Canada can teach freedom once it had gained independence from the Israeli bankrobbers who suck canada's purse dry decade after decade..

Canada needs to be free first, before it can lecture on freedoms..

You can only help Ukraine, to be slaves for the Israeli American robbers, and use the false pretext Russia is bad,,,

85 % of caadians have houses, where more than 60 $ of its value is owned.

80 % of all properties in ukraine have absolute no debt on them at all.

The west is living on credit cards, financed by the west controlled colonies like canada and ukraine's slave labours and financial scams like pension funds and the like,,

The west is built on corruption and as julia's goverment is unfolding, people get a real lesson in democracy in Ukraine...

High un accounted for national debt, no freedom of expression, no freedom to use your mother tongue, slove hungarian, gypsy rucin russian, only ukrainian.

New brunswick in Canada is bilingual, while less than 5% of population speaks french. but in western forced democracy, no ethnic freedoms except high way robbery of public purse by an american installed government n ukraine, who swears allagiance to Isreal, a Julia considers Israel her real country and democraticaally bank crupts ukraine to Israel's and america's advantage,,,

Friend from canada, in Ukraine, if you want real freedoms in Ukraine, liberate canada first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is the one of the most corrupt and most bankrupt nation on Earth per capita

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 2:14 p.m.    

Again what planet do you live on? You facts must have been pulled out of your a-hole because they are all wrong!

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 12:17 p.m.    

You are a true nut job and I doubt that you have ever been closer to Canada than Google Earth. Heres some actual facts.

Canada israted 13th in per capita debt, not #1

The Toronto Astro Dome was built principally for the Toronto Blue Jays. Maybe they have been sold to Isreal but I rather doubt it

There is no nuclear power plant anywhere in Alberta, let alone one owned by Isreal. You are obviously a vicious, anti semetic pro soviet (not Russian)uneducated idiot. Please visit Canada and experience life there before coming on and spouting your gibberish, especially gibberish that is easily disproven.

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 9:29 p.m.    

Unfortunately there are unintelligent idiots running around the world writing bullsh!t. But really what can you expect from these ruskies.

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 2:25 p.m.    

strange that u dont seem to know that the dome was not sold b ut given with a $200 million handshake to jewish consortium, then as the public complained it was sold to other again jewsih consortium in belgium and so on..

i lived in canada and love it, and it would be nice if canada was not run by israel but by canadians...

you hd failed to respond to the pension scam, seems u are abit ashamed to admit the biggest corruption reaching a trillion, that goes on in canada...

well keep up your falsifying garbage,,, and u live in canada not in ukraine u liar

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 2:32 p.m.    

what planet do u live on?

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 2:36 p.m.    

if any one commented on issues that supports real democratc values, that person is arrested in canada, lose his jobs, gets parking tickets, his children family is sliced up, his business s taken his house is taken, and is a victim of forced medication of the state, to silence and kill state dictatorship..

that is what I had experienced Canadais, through many who live there..

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Anonymous Feb. 28, 2010, 5:59 p.m.    

Perhaps you should check with your physician and get your medications reviewed. Paranoia can be harmful both to you and your family

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Anonymous March 1, 2010, 5 a.m.    

Ukraine needs to abandon Tye presidential system and embrace a full parliamentary model of governance in line with other European states. The recent presidential election has proven yet again that the presidential system has and will continue to fail Ukraine.

Tymoshenko must campaign for constitutional reform and the establishment of a more open and equal representative model.

Establish local electorates with each electorate electing nine members of parliament by a system of Single Transferable vote and the Meek Method off counting the vote with a 10% quota. Each electorate MUSt return the same number of representatives and should be equal in the number of constituents per electorate (+/- 10%). The main thing being that the number elected is the same for each electorate which must be an odd number 5, 7 or 9 is best)

Government must be formed from and by the elected Parliamentary representatives. The president should be elected by a constitutional majority of the parliament and not duly elected.

A direct election of head of state is just a circus parade. Democracy is not based on Elections but rule of law and representative governance.

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Anonymous March 1, 2010, 5:38 a.m.    

Correction: The president should be elected by a two-thirds constitutional majority of the parliament and not directly elected.

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