Yulia Tymoshenko appointed Prime-minister of Ukraine for a second time.
In what was a laborious, tedious and marginally victorious event Yulia Tymoshenko was declared elected with a majority of one.
226 out of 450 members of Ukraine’s parliament one by one raised their hand and voted for Tymoshenko.
The roll call and show of hands was required in order to ensure that members of her own coalition who are opposed to her appointment towed the party line. Proposals to hold a secrete ballot having been rejected by parliamentary coalition.
Yulia Tymoshenko failed to achieve the required absolute majority one week a go. Yulia Tymoshenko and others falsely claimed the Parliamentary electronic voting system malfunctioned or was subject to sabotage. An investigation by Ukraine’s Security forces (SBU) ruled out malfunction or sabotage stating that the system was in correct working order.
Having failed to secure support first time around for appointment of the President’s nominee Viktor Yushchenko, following threats and intimidation against dissident members of the coalition,resubmitted Yulia’s Tymoshenko’s nomination. The required show of hands was a way and means of ensuring that those disident members support Yulia’s appointment or face dismissal.
Under Ukraine’s constitution the Parliament may with the support of a majority of the parliament pass a resolution of no confidence in the prime-minister forcing the dismissal of the prime-minster and the government. One vote is all that is required.
Yulia is on tender hooks as Ukraine enters a period of political instability.
Political commentators anticipate fresh parliamentary elections will be held within 12 months with the opposition in a position to emulate the actions of the governing coalition by resigning their mandate and forcing fresh parliamentary elections at a time of their choosing.
Many believe that a move on Yulia Tymoshenko will occur soon after Ukraine’s President and Our Ukraine manage to secure agreement winding back the democratic reforms that saw Ukraine transforemd from a presidential dictatorship to a parliamentary democracy more in line with European standards.
It is unknown if Party of Regions, the largest political party in Ukraine, will support the president’s proposals to turn back the clock and reinstate presidential rule.
Unless Yulia can secure the support of bloc Lytvyn her tenure as prime minister will once again be cut short.