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Ukrainian president willing to freeze order that sparked political crisis

During the last two weeks there have been a lot to see and to speak about in Ukraine. My country again faced another political crisis and here are some news about it.
“President Viktor Yushchenko is willing to freeze his order to dissolve parliament, a chief aide said Wednesday, in what appeared to be a major concession aimed at resolving Ukraine’s political crisis. However, his archrival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, showed no sign of backing down.”

Supporters of Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych rally on Independence Square, where a stage is set up for speakers to address the crowd in Kyiv, Tuesday. Ukraine’s defiant parliament on Monday said it would only support early parliamentary elections if an early presidential vote was held simultaneously

Last week, Yushchenko ordered the parliamentdissolved and called early elections. Yanukovych and his majority coalition in parliament vowed to defy the order. On Wednesday Yanukovych told a rally of thousands of supporters if early parliamentary elections areheld, an early presidential ballot must be held at the same time.
Yushchenko accuses Yanukovych and his allies of trying to usurp power. Yanukovych in turn contends that Yushchenko’s order was unconstitutional. The Constitutional Court postponed its first hearing on the matter until next week – and with the prospect of a quick decision fading, both sides initially appeared willing to give some ground. Yanukovych, who had previously demanded the order be canceled, appealed to Yushchenko on Wednesday to freeze it.

“The president … has sent a message that his decree can be halted,” said Vitaliy Hayduk, secretary of Yushchenko’s security council. Under such a freeze, the parliament apparently would continue working, but a date for early elections would be negotiated. Yushchenko had called for elections on May 27 – just 14 months after the elections in which Yanukovych’s party won the largest share of votes. The election eventually led to Yanukovych regaining the premiership, which he lost after massive demonstrations in 2004 that helped propel Yushchenko into power. The demonstrations, which became known as the Orange Revolution, broke out after Yanukovych was declared to have beaten Yushchenko in a fraud-riddled presidential election; the Supreme Court invalidated the vote and Yushchenko won the rerun.

On Wednesday, several thousand supporters of Yushchenko marched to the Constitutional Court and then back down Kiev’s main avenue, chanting “Honest Court! Honest Elections!” and “We must help Yushchenko and Ukraine to stand for the choice that we made during the Orange Revolution,” protester Svetlana Rohozhyna said. Later, some 10,000 gathered on Kyiv’s European Square where they waved orange flags and tied orange ribbons around their arms as they listened to rock groups. Meanwhile, Yanukovych’s supporters gathered on Kyiv’s main Independence Square. Some 20,000 flag-waving protesters cheered as the premier stepped onto the outdoor stage.

In his speech, Yanukovych appeared to harden his position.
“If early elections are held then we must have simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections,” he said to cheers. The rallies were significantly smaller than those of 2004, which frequently topped 100,000 people.
Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, who played mediator during the Orange Revolution, arrived Wednesday in Kiev to meet with Yushchenko and Yanukovych. During the meeting with Kwasniewski, Yanukovych expressed concern about the situation, saying it could hurt Ukraine as well as its partners, the Cabinet said in a statement. Yanukovych has called for international mediation, while Yushchenko insists there is no need.”

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