Ex-Premier: Yushchenko Should Resign And Ensure Elections Of President, Parliament Are Held Simultaneously

KIEV, Ukraine -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Valeriy Pustovoitenko (1997-1999) has said that incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko should resign and ensure snap presidential and parliamentary elections are held simultaneously in the country.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Valeriy Pustovoitenko.

"I think that for the sake of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, [President] Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko should resign and ensure that presidential and parliamentary elections are held simultaneously, bringing political stability to our country, which, in turn, will guarantee economic stability in Ukraine," he said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

Pustovoitenko said that it is currently clear that disagreements between particular branches of power are so serious that they could not be resolved peacefully.

"This confrontation has reached a point when we shame ourselves in front of other countries," he said.

He called for early presidential and parliamentary elections to be held and for an "absolutely professional government" to be formed.

Pustovoitenko said that the current Cabinet of Ministers should be 80% replaced. He said that the issue concerns, first and foremost, the government's industrial and energy ministers.

Source: Kyiv Post

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