Viktor Yushchenko Sues Parliament

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko ignored the invitation of Supreme Rada deputies and did not come to the parliament to settle the conflict over the dismissal of the government. He asked the Constitutional Court to consider the legality of the parliament’s decision instead.

Supreme Rada’s speaker Vladimir Litvin failed to convince the parliament to endorse his anti-crisis plan.

The deputies responded by sacking Energy and Justice Ministers for the second time. Thus, the political crisis in Ukraine is unlikely to be resolved before the parliamentary elections on March 26.

The president’s appeal to the Constitutional Court on the legality of the no-confidence motion against the government is only a political move since the Court has not been shaped and is unable to hand down decisions.

Supreme Rada deputies dismissed Fuel and Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov and Justice Minister Sergey Golovaty once again and passed the vote of no-confidence in the head of Naftogaz Ukrainy, Alexey Ivchenko.

Deputies are to go for holidays until February 7 but the joint council of factions leaders will keep on working to find a compromise. The parliament’s speaker Vladimir Litvin suggested that Constitutitional Court judges be sworn in but Yulia Timoshenko’s Bloc and Viktor Yanukovich’s Party of Regions apparently won’t have him do this.

The opposition is afraid that the new line-up of the Constitutional Court will amend the political reform which will come in force after the elections granting the Rada with presidential powers. President Yushchenko has repeatedly stated that he would seek the abolition of the reform either at the Constitutional Court or at the referendum.

Moscow’s gas war against Kiev turned out to be quite successful. Viktor Yushchenko lost all his trumps signing a debatable contract with Moscow, while Naftogaz Ukrainy got involved in shadowy financial schemes.

The rating of Russia-friendly Party of Regions came to 27 percent, Yulia Timoshenko’s Bloc could muster 16 percent of votes and Our Ukraine could hope for 15 percent before the gas crisis, according to a poll held by Kiev-based International Sociology Institute in December.

Source: Kommersant