Lytvyn Thinks Kuchma Will Enter Parliament

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Speaker of Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) Volodymyr Lytvyn does not exclude the possibility that former President Leonid Kuchma could become a deputy in parliament.

“Today I do not see him in high politics, although becoming a parliamentarian is a possibility,” said Lytvyn in an interview with the Kontrakty weekly, Novosti-Ukraine reports.

Volodymyr Lytvyn (L) and Leonid Kuchma (R)

At the same time, the speaker noted that “there is no political party that would offer him a spot on their election list.”

Lytvyn underscored that he would not “criticize Kuchma out of moral reasons, in spite of the fact that it has become fashionable to do so.”

“Time is needed to weigh the pros and cons of his activities. Everything will depend on the direction and speed of Ukraine’s development. If life gets worse, Kuchma will be remembered more. If it goes in a positive direction – less,” said the head of the parliament.

By his own account, he does not meet with Kuchma anymore. “Although, I would like to tell him that everything happened as I predicted,” he said.

“There was no reason to treat me like an enemy. There was no need to attempt to disrupt the activity of the Parliament, and to discredit me as its head,” he added.

In addition, Lytvyn voiced the opinion that administrative resources will be utilized during the 2006 parliamentary elections.

“I would be lying if I said I did not think there would be attempts made to use administrative resources. This is happening right now,” said Lytvyn.

“There are many instances where people are being forced to enter the party associated with the president,” said Lytvyn by way of example. At the same time, he said he was sure that this was not the president’s position.

“This pressure is a peasant habit, stemming from a desire to do well by your master,” Lytvyn contends.

He expressed his surety, that during the 2006 parliamentary elections, “people will vote for the government,” since “according to the constitutional reform [passed during the Orange Revolution], the prime minister will be chosen based on the make-up of the parliament.”

Source: Ukrayinska Pravda