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Monday, September 19, 2005

Ukraine Heads For Further Trouble

Interesting article that I noticed over at the Kyiv Post. It would appear that certain forces have decided to abstain or vote against the nomination of technocrat Yuriy Yekhanurov for Prime Minister tomorrow. It appears that rather than work constructively for the good of the nation, certain legislators are hellbent on blocking any government work whatsoever. Unsuprising to read this comment from Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine's first president and a leader of the opposition (pro-Kuchma) Social Democratic Party of Ukraine:

"Our principled stand is that we shall not vote even for an angel because we are in opposition,"

How terribly unprincipled of you. It appears that Mr Kravchuk is jumping on an anti-Yushchenko bandwagon to block the nomination. Although this may appear as a setback for the President ahead of the 2006 parliamentary elections, it may play right into his hands. If the other parties in parliament continuously block Prime Ministerial nominations and WTO bills they may become seen as nothing better than troublemakers. This would severely dent their credibility, and the oppositions popularity would be likely to nosedive. The Ukrainian people could then begin to percieve Viktor as the only person trying to work for the good of the nation, thus handing him a comfortable majority in the Verkhovna Rada.

Seems like all Yushchenko needs to do, is sit back and watch the opposition implode......


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