Yushchenko: Bags are packed ready to go. Leaving for America

October 4, 2009

YUSHCHENKO TO LEAVE FOR AMERICA AFTER ELECTION

It turns out that Viktor Yushchenko has already figured in the summer of their future. That’s when the American vice-president Joe Biden brought the news that Obama, unlike the previous administration, it has not seen the president of Ukraine. After that Yushchenko would not only put paid to the revival of “Our Ukraine” to create a campaign headquarters. He began to pack suitcases in the literal sense of the word.
In late summer with the Zhitomir airport to send a few planes in Canada. According source closer to the Presidential Secretariat, there were two or three “side”, led by first lady uvezshih extensive collection of antiques collected by Viktor Andreyevich for many years.
Sources in the PR and the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc, Yushchenko enthusiastically watching all the time in his presidency, believe that the Canadian property through diplomatic channels exiting the U.S., home of Chicago-born Kateryna Yushchenko, Over recent years the areas of real estate in your own hometown. Note that according to financial disclosure president, members of his family in recent years spent on maintenance of assets abroad more stable than the Ukrainian real estate.
Prudence wife of the president means that Yushchenko could not agree on security guarantees with any of the main contenders for victory, as in his time managed to Kuchma and Yeltsin. Indirect confirmation of this can be found in the words of the president yet. September 24 before flying from the U.S.: “I will come back in six months.” Something similar, he said, when his BP fired him from the Cabinet in 2002. But then, Yushchenko promised that he would return by the President. Now, about his status, he kept silent …
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Only 6% of Ukrainians Trust Yushchenko

December 24, 2008

A recent opinion poll published in Kyiv Post shows that only 6 percent of those surveyed trusted Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yushchenko, who had the highest level of distrust (34.1%) of all politicians listed in the survey&nbsp

Name Trust  Distrust
Viktor Yushenko 6.0% 34.1%
Yulia Tymoshenko 21.2% 22.8%
Victor Yanukovych 22.2% 20.4%
Volodymyr Lytvyn 16.1% 5.5%
Arseniy Yatsenyuk 16.7% 5.1%
Viktor Baloha 0.2% 14.6%
Petro Symonenko 11.8% 14.2%

31.8 percent does not trust anyone, 6.2% found it difficult to respond, and 11.5 percent does not know who to trust. The poll was held on Dec. 7-20. A total of 2,000 respondents took part in the poll.


Ukraine’s President backs down on threat of snap election

December 19, 2008

After months of indecision and political instability Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine’s embattled president, has back down on the threat of a snap poll. The announcement published in the Ukrainian media (UNIAN) comes after the decision of his party “Our Ukraine – Peoples Self-Defence (NUNS)” decided, against the president’s will, to reform a governing coalition with bloc Yulia Tymoshenko and bloc Lytvyn.

The president had called a snap election last October following the announced withdrawal of NUNS from the coalition in September.

The president has been under pressure to cancel the election which up until yesterday he was actively pursuing.

The reformation of a governing coalition and pressure from within the President’s faction has forced a change of view.

The announcement of the decision to cancel the election and move against the parliament is welcomed as Ukraine faces a serve financial crisis in the wake of the world economic recession. A fresh election and the political fall out would only exacerbate Ukraine’s already unstable situation.

Viktor Yushenko’s support ratings in public opinion polls has dropped to below 4% in recent months. Had fresh parliamentary elections been held this month the president’s party “Our Ukraine (Nasha Ukraina)” risked falling below the 3% representation threshold


Allies desert Yushchenko; new movements emerge

December 18, 2008

Kyiv: Kyiv Post Editorial by Alina Pastukhova

President lost control of his faction in parliament, a portentous development as more of his allies are fleeing his camp to back Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko lost control of his faction in parliament, a portentous development as more of his allies are fleeing his camp to back Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Also, two upcoming leaders started new political movements in a country that already has 159 officially registered political parties.

Bucking their nominal leader, Yushchenko’s parliamentary faction Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defense signed a formal coalition agreement with Tymoshenko’s and Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn’s factions on Dec. 16. After several days of intrigues, 37 out of 72 Our Ukraine members joined the coalition, forming a coalition of 213 deputies – still short of the 226 majority.

The signing of a new coalition deal caused a bitter split in the faction and resignation of its leader, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, and deputy head Roman Zvarych, who remain loyal to the president. “I think that the faction’s decision [to join the coalition] is moronic, and I cannot be a leader of a moronic faction,” said Zvarych.

Mykola Martynenko and Borys Tarasyuk are among the candidates vying to lead the faction, while the split and alienation of Yushchenko from his own party will continue. “The president’s influence on the faction will continue to decrease,” said Taras Stetskiv, an Our Ukraine – People’s Self Defense deputy who also supported the coalition of three. “Yushchenko ignored his chance to allow the whole OU-PSD faction to join the coalition and lost his only chance for becoming its leader.” Stetskiv predicted that eventually up to 60 people will sign the coalition agreement.

While the pro-presidential camp continued to fight, other ex-presidential allies, ex-Rada speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk and ex-Defense Minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko announced that each of them is starting their own political movements. Yatsenyuk’s is named Front of Changes while Hrytsenko’s movement is called Civil Position. Both may become political parties.


Allies desert Yushchenko; new movements emerge

December 18, 2008

Kyiv: Kyiv Post Editorial by Alina Pastukhova

President lost control of his faction in parliament, a portentous development as more of his allies are fleeing his camp to back Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko lost control of his faction in parliament, a portentous development as more of his allies are fleeing his camp to back Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Also, two upcoming leaders started new political movements in a country that already has 159 officially registered political parties.

Bucking their nominal leader, Yushchenko’s parliamentary faction Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defense signed a formal coalition agreement with Tymoshenko’s and Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn’s factions on Dec. 16. After several days of intrigues, 37 out of 72 Our Ukraine members joined the coalition, forming a coalition of 213 deputies – still short of the 226 majority.

The signing of a new coalition deal caused a bitter split in the faction and resignation of its leader, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, and deputy head Roman Zvarych, who remain loyal to the president. “I think that the faction’s decision [to join the coalition] is moronic, and I cannot be a leader of a moronic faction,” said Zvarych.

Mykola Martynenko and Borys Tarasyuk are among the candidates vying to lead the faction, while the split and alienation of Yushchenko from his own party will continue. “The president’s influence on the faction will continue to decrease,” said Taras Stetskiv, an Our Ukraine – People’s Self Defense deputy who also supported the coalition of three. “Yushchenko ignored his chance to allow the whole OU-PSD faction to join the coalition and lost his only chance for becoming its leader.” Stetskiv predicted that eventually up to 60 people will sign the coalition agreement.

While the pro-presidential camp continued to fight, other ex-presidential allies, ex-Rada speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk and ex-Defense Minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko announced that each of them is starting their own political movements. Yatsenyuk’s is named Front of Changes while Hrytsenko’s movement is called Civil Position. Both may become political parties.


Yushchenko threatens expulsion of Members of Parliament who supported the reformation and stability of Ukraine’s governing coalition

December 18, 2008

In a surprise attack on Ukraine’s democratic process Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine’s beleaguered President, is seeking revenge on those members of his party that supported the reformation of the so called democratic coalition.

Ukraine needs more then anything political stability to help weather the worst of the current economic crisis. Instead of helping to restore stability,Victor Yushchenko is trying to pull it apart.

Ukraine has suffered political instability since the forced reelection of Ukraine’s Parliament in September 2007 elections. Victor Yushchenko and members of his staff pulled out of the governing coalition in September this year with the President seeking to call another round of Ukraine’s parliamentary ballot. The destabilisation of Ukraine’s political governance has taken its toll on Ukraine’s economy with Ukraine suffering from the global financial crisis more then any other country in the region. Ukraine’s currency has been devalued and is now trading at around 9 hryvnia to the US Dollar 40% lower then before the latest political crisis.

Yesterday members of Our Ukraine and the People’s self Defence fraction(NUNS) voted 37 out of 72 to restore stability and reform the governing coalition to help fight the current economic collapse in doing rejecting the direction and wishes of Ukraine’s President.

Victor Yushchenko expressed concern that the lawmakers, who supported the reformation of the governing coalition will be expelled from the party forcing then out of the Parliament.

“Next week we will hold a second stage of the party session, and I’m confident that the session will determine its position concerning the people who supported the coalition contrary to the decision of the party, [will decide] how to expel these people from the list of members of parliament. Any political force would do so”, Victor Yushchenko said. “It’s a good process, a process of purification.”

Yesterday 37 out of 72 members of Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defense party faction supported formation of the parliamentary coalition with the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko and the Lytvyn’s Bloc.

Oblivious as to the effect Ukraine’s political crisis is having on the economy, Victor Yushchenko in commenting on the decision to restore stability to the government said “it (The reformed coalition) is even more shameful”.

Nothing can be further from the truth. If anything the acts of the President in his desperate attempt to destroy the governing coalition that brings not only shame but hardship on the Ukrainian people. Yushchenko has lost all respect and if he continues down this path of destruction he will have to be removed from office. It would be best of all if he just resigned and handed over the reigns to someone who is capable of establishing confidence, law and order. The President’s term of office expires next year.


NUNS declare independence from Yushchenko Reducing President’s influence over the government

December 17, 2008

Our Ukraine – Peoples Self Defence (NUNS) have signed the agreement with Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko and Bloc Lytvyn to reform a Governing Coalition and in the process has sidelined Victor Yushchenko and his head of staff Viktor Baloha. The decision to reunite the factions was opposed by Ukraine’s President who continued to advocate the Parliament’s dismissal.

Had fresh parliamentary election been held,based on current public opinion polls the presidents party Our Ukraine would have been decimated and ran the risk of losing representation in the new parliament.

By reforming the coalition NUNS hopes to provide stability and remain in a position of infulgence as opposed to being sidelined on the side benches.

The Party has struck out in opposition and declared independence from its former leader and President of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko. There is wide speculation that NUNS no longer believe that Yushchenko or his secretariat are acting in the countries best interest. Yushchenko had overplayed his hand and his potential to lead the party or be re-elected to a second term of office is non existent. By seeking to distance themselves from the President they hope to regain public confidence and once again position themselves to play a meaningful role in the Ukraine’s development.

The signing of the agreement yesterday heralded a significant power shift in the President’s faction which included the resignation of Yushchenko’s closest parliamentary advisors, Viacheslav Kyrylenko, and his deputy Roman Zvarych.

The new coalition has a new name “National Development, Stability, and Order”.