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Political compromise deal suffers blow
Journal Staff Report

KIEV, May 30 – Ukraine’s recent political agreement between pro-Russian government coalition and opposition groups turned into a fiasco on Wednesday when the coalition had refused to back key bills required for an early election.

Instead, the coalition used Parliament’s two-day session to attack President Viktor Yushchenko by approving a resolution that seeks to undermine the president’s move to dismiss top prosecutor Sviatoslav Piskun.

The development shows that the agreement, which has been reached early Sunday and has been regarded as a major breakthrough, may collapse triggering a new wave of confrontation between the groups.

“This is an open sabotage in order to prevent the agreement between the president and the prime minister,” Viacheslav Kyrylenko, the leader of Our Ukraine, said.

The failure to approve the key bills, including the bill that allows a party to expel lawmakers voting against the party line, undermines the agreement that has been reached between Yushchenko, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Moroz. The agreement was aimed at ending a 55-day constitutional crisis caused by the standoff between the pro-Russian government and the pro-Western president.

As part of the agreement, Yushchenko suspended for two days his earlier decree that had dissolved Parliament allowing the legislature to approve the key bills agreed between Yushchenko and Yanukovych.

However, the coalition used the Wednesday session to attack Yushchenko by approving the resolution banning the president to dismiss Piskun, a member of the Regions Party, from the post of the Prosecutor General.

This forced Yushchenko, Yanukovych and opposition leaders to hold an emergency meeting later Wednesday in order to unblock the agreement. The talks have apparently produced a fragile compromise over the post of the prosecutor general, according to Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the opposition.

“The talks ended in a very positive way as compromises had been reached on all disputable issues, including the prosecutor general office, the central election commission and the key bills,” Tymoshenko has said

However, shortly after the talks Yanukovych met leaders of two other coalition partners, the Socialist Party and the Communist Party, the two groups that flatly refuse to accept the early election.

After the meeting, Parliament again failed to approve the key bills suggesting that the crisis has been deepening, while the mutual distrust between the coalition and the opposition has been growing.

“This has been done consciously,” Kyrylenko said. “All initiatives have been delayed by the Parliamentary Speaker, by Socialists, by Communists and by the majority of the Regions Party.” (tl/ez)

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