Ukraine's Tymoshenko Set To Fight On

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko withdrew her appeal case against the elections results from the Supreme Administrative court and the court has closed the case. But she has not conceded.

Yulia Tymoshenko is refusing to go despite requests from the new president.

She said once again that Viktor Yanukovich will never be considered Ukraine's legitimately elected president.

This is in stark contrast to her fellow Orange Revolutionary - incumbent Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

On Saturday he finally congratulated his long-time rival, Mr Yanukovich, on a legitimate victory.

Sergei Mishchenko, an MP from Mrs Tymoshenko's party, has said their party is planning to boycott the inauguration ceremony scheduled for 25 February.

He also added Mrs Tymoshenko is not giving in, she will not recognise the elections results and she will continue to work as prime minister.

Mr Yanukovich has asked Mrs Tymoshenko to step down from her post on several occasions. And she has said that she will not.

As president, Mr Yanukovich does not have the right to fire or to appoint a prime minister - that is up to Ukraine's parliament.

At the moment Mrs Tymoshenko's party is still part of the parliamentary coalition, but negotiations are under way to form a new coalition based on Mr Yanukovich's Regions Party.

One of the leaders of the Regions Party, Nikolai Azarov, speaking to Ukrainian TV channel Inter, said it was fantastic to even consider the possibility of Mrs Tymoshenko remaining in her post for much longer.

But no-one here in Ukraine thinks it will be an easy task to remove her.

Country in limbo

Once MPs form a new coalition they are likely to vote Mrs Tymoshenko's government out, but until a new government is formed - and that can take weeks in the current political situation - Mrs Tymoshenko will remain as acting prime minister under President Yanukovich.

Analysts agree that little will be achieved in those weeks, and the country will remain in limbo.

Of course, these coalition talks depend on many factors, on internal politics and favours.

If they fail, Ukrainians will have to vote once again - in early parliamentary elections.

Either way, despite peoples' hopes, the economic situation is not likely to improve drastically.

Last year the country's economy shrank by 15%.

Mr Yanukovich has promised to improve the lives of those most disadvantaged - state workers and pensioners.

During his election campaigning he also promised to create more jobs.

But with a government run by his rival he will experience difficulties in fulfilling any of his promises.

Mrs Tymoshenko will also not be able to push any of her priorities.

The country is still living according to last year's budget. It is even unclear where the money for the inauguration is to come from.

Ukraine is also waiting for the much needed last tranche of the $16.4bn (£10.6bn) bailout programme from the International Monetary Fund.

This payment was suspended last year - until after the presidential elections with a specific demand from the IMF for political stability and a democratic transfer of power.

However, Mr Yanukovich will have to consider what his rival stands for. Half the country did, after all, vote for Mrs Tymoshenko, and he won by a small margin.

He promised to unite the country - the Russian-speaking east and south that backed him overwhelmingly, and the Western Ukrainian-speaking half that backed Mrs Tymoshenko.

But no-one is really certain how he will achieve that.

Just after the elections Mr Yanukovich said he was still undecided whether to visit Russia or an EU country first, but now the Kremlin is saying Mr Yanukovich will go to Moscow in early March.

There are no announcements about a visit to a Western European capital yet.

Source: BBC News

Comments

wesley rodgers said…
THIS IS REALLY GETTING INTERESTING WITH THE SOON UP AND COMING PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS NOT LONG AFTER THIS MAJOR-MAJOR PRESISDENTIAL ELECTION.

AS I MENTIONED IN ONE OF MY EARLIER WRITINGS YULIA TYMOSHENKO COULD BE TOUGH TO BE MARRIED TO.
I DOUBT THERE WILL EVER BE A DULL MOMENMT IN HER LIFE AND THE HOUSEHOLD CAN'T BE VERY REALXED AND OFCOURSE HER HUSBAND HAS HIS ISSUES ALSO.

WHETEHER YOU LIKE HER OR NOT SHE EXEMPLIFIES THE FIGHTING SPIRIT OF THE UKRAINE AND SHE DEFINITELY SHOULD HAVE A ROLE IN ONE OF THOSE " DIE HARD" MOVIES.
...SHE WOULD FIT RIGHT IN.!!!

. IF SHE CAN JUST CHANNEL HER EMOTIONS IN A MORE STREAMLINED WAY, SHE REALLY COULD COME BACK AND BRING ALOT OF PEOPLE TO HER
CAUSE.
...EVEN HERE IN THE U.S. THERE ARE TYMOSHENKO FAN CLUBS--REALLY!!.....

I MEAN THERE ARE A LOT OF AMERICANS AND WESTERNERS WHO KNOW ALOT ABOUT HER AND SHE HAS A
REPUTATION AND A WAY OF STANDING OUT.
...JUST IMAGINE IF SHE HAD MARRIED VITALI KLITCHKO...WOW WHAT A KNOC KOUT THAT WOULD BE.!!

BUT TO THE POINT-- AND TO BE SERIOUS HERE, MR. YANUKOVICH HAS WON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND LET IT BE , BUT HE MAY WISH HE HADN'T DOWN THE ROAD.

..PERSONALLY HE HAS SOME POLICIES AND PLANS TO OFFER UKRAINE AND SOME OF ITS NEIGHBORS BUT GEORGIA MAY NOT WANT TO DEAL WITH HIM AS IT DID YUSCHENKO FOR SEVERAL RREASONS AS HE IS STRONGLY ALLIGNED WITH RUSSIA SO THERE ARE SOME COMPLICATIONS.

AND,POLITICAL ANALYSTS CAN BET A FEW DOLLARS YOU KNOW AT VERY LEAST TYMOSHENKO WILL BE FIGHTING HARD IN THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS AND SHE IS NOT GOING TO LET YANUKOVICH HAVE MUCH BREATHING ROOM.

JUST A MOMENT HOWEVER!!!...YUSCHENKO WAS PLAIGUED BY OLD LINERS AND NOW TYMOSHENKO IS GOING TO TRY AND MAKE LIFE DIFFICULT FOR YANUKOVICH!!

..THIS IS WHERE I BELIEVE THAT THERE SHSOULD BE A MAJOR PEACEMAKER IN UKRAINE SO WHEN SOMEONE GETS ELECTED THEY ARE GIVEN A CHANCE BUT EMOTIONS STILL RUN HIGH AS SAID THE OTHER DAY THE COUNTRY IN THIS LAST ELECTION MADE A MAJOR STATEMENT---EASTERN UKRAINE IS DEFINITELY DIVIDED FROM WESTERN UKRAINE AND IF ANYTHING,WHAT UKRAINE NEEDS MOST OF ALL NOW, IS SOME SENSE OF REAL UNITY.
...DESPITE THE FERVOR AND PATRIOTSISM, THERE IS A LOT OF PARTISAN POLITICS AS IN THE U.S. AND A LOT OF DISSENTION BUT NEEDS TO TAKE A REST AS IT AAY MAKE UKRANIANS FEEL BETTER JUST FOR THAT AND SPEAKING UKRAINE IS ALL RIGHT WITH ME OR RUSSIAN AND IN FACT ENGLISH IS NOT SO BAD EITHER.
..BUT WATCHCING WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IN THE U.S. THERE IS MAJOR UNREST WORLDWIDE RIGHT NOW AND MANY COUNTRIES HAVE PROBLEMS, ESPECIALLY CULTUREAL AND ECONOMIC.

..ANYONE FOF COGNAC AND TEA AND LISTENING TO SOME NICE UKRAINE MUSIC... THAT SOUNDS GOOD FOR TODAY AND GOOD FOR A LOT OF HIGH
FLYING EMOTIONS...I MEAN EVERYONE NEEDS TO GIVE IT A REST AT LEAST FOR A WHILE..AS
SOMETIMES TAKING A BREAK AND STEPPING BACK IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL.
..I KNOW A NICE CAFE' AND ITS RELAZING ON DMITRISKAYA...
SBA SIBA..WES RODGERS patriotstv.com and The Philadelphia Bulletin..