Yushchenko To Nominate PM Candidate Before Constitutional Deadline

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said on Wednesday that he would nominate a candidate for prime minister before the the constitutional deadline.

Yushchenko called on lawmakers to stop pressuring him on the issue, according to reports from Ukraine's Interfax News Agency.

The president said he hoped the majority party in parliament would address some pressing issues, such as the formulation of policies, maintaining consistency in government, and strategic planning.

He said that there must be a clear definition of the relations between the president, parliament and the government.

It was important to maintain a consistency in applying the country's policies, Yushchenko said, adding that particular bodies such as the interior ministry, the defense ministry, the foreign ministry, the national security service and the supreme procuratorate should not be topics up for discussion in the establishment of a coalition government.

Yushchenko added that while the president had the power to dissolve parliament, it may well cause conflict in society. He said he would not forswear the possibility of using that power in order to counterattack some actions.

Under Ukraine's new constitutional amendment made in January, the country's parliament has 60 days from its first plenary session, which was held on May 25, to form a new government. Otherwise, the president has the right to dissolve parliament and call for new elections.

However, a resolution passed by Ukrainian lawmakers on Monday warned that it would be illegal for the president to dissolve parliament unless under very clear, proscribed conditions.

Yushchenko said his power to dissolve parliament was a right and not an obligation.

Ukraine has been mired in a political crisis since the parliamentary elections in March this year, in which Victor Yanukovych's Party of Regions was defeated by Yushchenko's Our Ukraine bloc.

The Party of Regions formed a parliamentary majority coalition with the Socialist Party and the Communist Party earlier in July, and nominated Yanukovych as the new prime minister. However, Yushchenko has not yet submitted Yanukovych's nomination to parliament.

Source: People's Daily Online