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Local court rejects Yushchenko’s appeal
Journal Staff Report

KIEV, May 22 – A local Kiev court on Tuesday rejected President Viktor Yushchenko’s appeal that had been seeking to prevent the Constitutional Court from issuing a ruling on political crisis.

In another setback for Yushchenko, the Prosecutor General’s Office closed an investigation against three judges of the Constitutional Court that he had recently fired. The judges got reinstated after a a court ruling in Luhansk region had suspended Yushchenko’s order.

The developments suggest the Constitutional Court, now totally controlled by loyalists of pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, is ready to announce the ruling that would probably undermine Yushchenko’s decree dissolving Parliament.

The ruling, however, will probably aggravate political crisis in Ukraine and may trigger a major clash between pro-Western opposition parties and the pro-Russian government.

Viktor Baloha, Yushchenko’s chief of staff, warned that the president will not accept the ruling by the Constitutional Court that will probably be biased.

“There are two scenarios for the way out of the crisis: the early election to Parliament and further monopolization of power with respective consequences,” Baloha said adding that the president will take action to prevent the second scenario. “The president will not let the second scenario.”

The legal offence against the presidential office across Ukraine comes as opposition and pro-government parties have been holding talks to end the sharp political crisis that had divided Ukraine.

The opposition parties, such as Our Ukraine and the group led by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, insist that the early election must be held within the next six weeks to solve the crisis.

The government coalition, however, was split as Yanukovych’s Regions Party had been agreeing on the election at the end of October, while its two junior partners, Communists and Socialists, reject the idea of the early election whatsoever.

The failure at the talks forced Tymoshenko, a leading opposition figure, to call on the president for a tough response against the government that had been sabotaging his decree that had dissolved Parliament.

“The president’s all constitutional capacity must be used to make the Central Election Committee operational and to remove people that sabotage their work,” Tymoshenko said. “The nation must have the right to vote.”

The developments come as the Prosecutor’s General Office failed to enforce Yushchenko’s decree that had dissolved Parliament and called for the election June 24.

The failure shows that Sviatoslav Piskun, who was recently re-instated as the prosecutor general by a court ruling, has been breaking his promise given to the president to ensure implementation of the decree. This caused first sharp criticism of Piskun from the president.

“For me it is hard to admit that the prosecutor general through this day is not able to respond to the irresponsible actions by the Central Election Commission or the government for securing honest election,” Yushchenko said.

“The speculations that are currently being held around the legal system and at the level of the Constitutional Court are making Ukraine further from solving the political crisis,” Yushchenko said. (tl/ez)




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