Lure In Lytvyn

KYIV, Ukraine -- After the announcement of official parliamentary election returns, the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and Our Ukraine-People’s Self-Defense (OUPSD) wasted no time in announcing the conclusion of a coalition agreement to form a majority in the next parliament and, consequently, the new Cabinet of Ministers.

Volodymyr Lytvyn

The new Orange majority, however, has been described as paper-thin, because it has only two more votes than the minimum required in the 450-member legislature.

By contrast, the governing coalition in the previous parliament comprised of the Party of Regions, Socialists and Communists was initially formed with 239 legislators – a 13-seat cushion in the Rada.

The democratic coalition should try to bring the Volodymyr Lytvyn Bloc on board, which would provide an additional 20-seat cushion.

This will require concessions. OUPSD, which already has the presidency, should give up its claim to the parliamentary speaker post by offering it to Lytvyn.

In this respect, the Lytvyn Bloc must be prepared to make concessions as well.

To become a player on the national scene, the Lytvyn Bloc should join its would-be coalition members in demanding change in the capital city.

Source: Kyiv Post