Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s party officially pulled out of the ruling pro-Western coalition on Wednesday amid a government dispute over presidential powers and the Georgia-Russia conflict. The Our Ukraine party’s decision was reached on Tuesday night after lawmakers voted to reduce the president’s powers, and was officially announced to parliament on Wednesday morning. Yushchenko earlier accused Prime Minister Yuliya Timoshenko of “treason and political corruption” over her failure to back the president in his support for Georgia and condemnation of Russia in the recent conflict over South Ossetia. The premier is widely expected to run against Yushchenko at the next presidential election. The decision was approved late on Tuesday by 39 out of 64 party members, and will come into force in 10 days, the Ukrainian Pravda news website said, citing a party official.
The new laws adopted by parliament on Tuesday stripped the president of his veto on prime ministerial candidates, and facilitated the procedure for impeaching the president. Ms Timoshenko’s party was accused of siding with Russia by refusing to condemn the Russia’s move last week to recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent countries. Opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich backed Russia’s decision. After the coalition split comes into effect, Ukrainian lawmakers will have 30 days to form a coalition government. If they fail to do so, the president will have the right to dissolve the parliament. Mr Yanukovich, the Ukraine’s pro-Russian former prime minister, the head of the Party of Regions, said that he does not rule out the possibility of forming a parliamentary majority with the Yuliya Timoshenko Bloc.
3 September 2008
This is das ende for Yushchenko. Everyone is worried over his barmy plan to subject the entire government to an “investigation” by his CIA-trained secret police in a Stalinist-style display of paranoia, and his worst mistake was to focus his attention on Yuliya Timoshenko. Indeed, she is ambitious, scheming, and the worst land-shark in this particular thicket. However, she is also the most competent, capable, and effective politician in the region (the two statements are not contradictory at all). She would form a coalition with Yanukovich just to utz Yushchenko.
Yushchenko is the only reliably pro-American politician available for the neocons. Sounds like Georgia, no? Bush supports two of the most unstable men on the post-Soviet space in an attempt to wrest these areas out of the Russian orbit. However, to do so, you need to have cool heads and good-sense at the helm, and such is lacking in Georgia and the Ukraine. Yushchenko and Saakashvili have torpedoed all of the neocon plans, and it couldn’t have happened to nicer folks, kids. The neocons attempted to pull one over on the world to prove how “powerful” the USA is, and how the entire world has to bow to it and kiss its posterior and smile. Well, there is a God!
Look for screams from all the usual suspects such as Vladimir Socor, Ariel Cohen, William Kristol, David Frum, Max Boot, and all the other neocon punks. It’s not going to affect the outcome, in any event. I do daresay that I am ENJOYING seeing the neocons hoist on their own petard! The samogonshchiki are on the run, and one hopes that we’ll be able to chase the lot of ‘em out of town. Then, maybe good-sense shall reign again…