Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Reacting to Yushchenko's unbearably ambiguous statement on the future coalition, Yanukovych sounded as if truth is and has always been on his side. As if it had been something other than his silly megalomania that caused Yushchenko to call this early election. As if now he is finally being given a chance to save the country, and everyone's got to unite around him.

Tymoshenko disagreed with his interpretation of Yushchenko's words and offered her own vision: that Yushchenko is actually asking her and others who'll form the new government to be nice to the opposition - to Yanukovych, that is.

And Yushchenko, instead of making himself 100 percent clear, flew off to Germany to present some award that he had received last year - and to meet with the queen of Sweden, of all people. Now, that's an important excuse for leaving the whole country wondering and guessing.


  1. and I agree (oops, I should keep quiet about it, elmer is around)

  2. Good thing someone in Berlin has asked him to clarify!

    Such a scheme might save Mariinsky Park from those hordes of fake protesters, I guess. Would be nice.

    Is Lytvyn going to end up in opposition, together with the Communists? :)

  3. I actually agree with prez. I don't think the Yanuk camp should be part of the coalition, but heading some committees in the Rada, getting a some ministerial posts with control functions--could be. Some of the orange big shots are not that much better than the blue and should be kept an eye on.

  4. I think the idea here is that President Yushchenko asked the various parties to work together, to figure out how to work harmoniously in the context of a majority coalition and a loyal - I stress the word "loyal" - opposition.

    Tymoshenko has herself previously envisioned some sort of voice and input for the opposition.

    Other countries have worked out mechanisms for the opposition to have input and to have a voice.

    President Yushchenko was also asking the parties to focus on working for the people, for the first time, rather than working for themselves.

    I don't think that his request was "unbearably" ambiguous. After all, the President can hardly dictate to anyone how to form a majority coalition, and how that coalition should form a government.

    So he set some general goals, and he made a general, and I think reasonable request.

    Which also served as a reminder that the Rada ought to be working for the people, and for the betterment of government, rather than the enrichment of a "political elite."

    And he also pointed out that there is no time to waste.

    Which is absolutely true.

    So to me it looks like an Orange coalition in the majority, with some sort of mechanism for input from the - loyal - opposition.

  5. Well, the question really is whether Ukraine is ready for a "loyal opposition." Regions may simply refuse to play, and as I understand it if they don't play the new VR can't function and Yanu continues on as PM as if nothing happened.
    So it would seem they MUST get Yanu's side in the gov't somehow for the new VR to function.

  6. wry

    Explain, please. There is an Orange Coalition majority.

    Ukraine has just gone through elections.

    Yanukovych said repeatedly that he would abide by the results of elections.

    The previous (convocation of)parliament has been disbanded.

    I'm not sure of the exact mechanism by which a disbanded parliament would be resurrected.

    And "play" is the right word here.

    It's about time that the deputies stopped playing, and started working for the people, rather than themselves and oligarchs.

  7. Yes, when will the elected representatives actually start working for the people of Ukraine? I don't understand how the population can stand the waste of time and money by their elected representatives. Aren't there serious environmental; economic and social issues to address? What buffoonery.

  8. Elmer,
    I don't have any more exact details on how this works, except for what I read in the Kyiv Post:

    "The Regions could also reject their mandates, leaving the parliament without a quorum. This would take things back to the standoff between Yushchenko and Yanukovych earlier this year, which provoked Yushchenko to call the snap elections in the first place.
    "But voters have had enough of protest tent camps, accusations exchanged between officials in the media and deadlocked institutions of power. And with presidential elections just around the corner, Ukrainian politicians have begun to listen to the electorate."

    I hope you are right and that
    Regions recognizes that they lost and is now in opposition. But Regions doesn't sound like they're taking it that way:

    "Mr. Kolensykov, when asked whether the PRU was ready to relinquish the post of prime minister, answered:
    'We have won elections and should form government. However, we do not want to distribute portfolios prior to negotiations with all political forces.' " (from uke Pravda)