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Old May 25th, 2007 #1
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Thumbs up Ukraine Fractures

The Ukraine is in a tug of war between the U.S.A. and Russia. The U.S.A. got its candidate elected as president, the Russian candidate became prime minister. That was the so called 'Orange Revolution', the attempt by the U.S.A. to bring this country into the New World Order, M.T.V. McDonalds land. Now the Ukranian government is starting to crack apart under pressure like ice on top of a lake. As always, there are locals who try to balance off the two sides against each other and set up their own little fiefs in between.

MOSCOW: President Viktor Yushchenko issued a decree Friday putting Ukraine's interior troops under presidential command, but the Interior Ministry, joined by Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, declared the move unconstitutional and defied it.

Yushchenko's decree escalated a political crisis that has consumed Ukrainian politics since April, when Yushchenko first tried to dismiss the Parliament and call new elections. He acted a day after interior troops, joined by Interior Minister Vasyl Tsushko, occupied the office of the prosecutor general to prevent a presidential order dismissing him.

The use of uniformed forces in what until now had been a stormy, though purely political, fight was an ominous development.

Yushchenko's critics, including the prime minister, accused him of usurping his powers and even fomenting a coup. The speaker of the Parliament, Oleksandr Moroz, called for international mediation "to prevent a tragic situation," the Interfax news agency reported.

Protesters for both sides appeared outside the prosecutor's office, which remained occupied by interior troops.

The battling factions - Yushchenko's and Yanukovich's - broadly represent the political, cultural and social forces that have divided Ukraine ever since the last presidential election, in 2004. After a fraudulent vote initially handed victory to Yanukovich, public protests and international pressure succeeded in overturning the result and forcing a new election, which Yushchenko won.

A compromise that cleared the way for the revote divided powers between the president and Parliament, creating a vague and unwieldy system of authority that is at the heart of the current impasse.

Yushchenko, weakened politically and at risk of facing a veto-proof majority in Parliament, appeared to be struggling to restore presidential power.

He has dismissed 3 of 18 judges on the Constitutional Court, which is considering the first of his two decrees dismissing the Parliament, both of which the majority of lawmakers rejected. Those judges have also defied his dismissals, which critics derided as illegal.

In a statement, Yushchenko said that Friday's decree was an attempt "to prevent the use of troops of the Interior Ministry in the interest of certain political forces that present a threat to the national security of Ukraine." Tsushko, the interior minister, is a member of Yanukovich's Party of Regions, and his ministry is part the government formed by Parliament.

On May 3, Yushchenko and Yanukovich agreed to hold earlier elections, but failed to agree on a date. Yushchenko favors an early vote - the first would have been on Sunday - while Yanukovich's camp favors one in the fall. Since then the disputes have intensified, as has the language of both sides, as the main parties seek to score political points.

Yanukovich, who, broadly, represents Ukraine's Russian-speaking population and favors closer business and political ties with Russia, leads a party that is likely to come out with a plurality in any new election, as happened in last year's vote. But the vagaries of Ukraine's small-party politics could leave him short of a coalition to create a new government and remain prime minister.

Yushchenko's supporters hope a new election could give them a new chance to reconstitute the "orange" coalition that swept him to the presidency in 2004.

Goldman Sachs issued a statement to investors warning that "the situation remains highly volatile," raising the specter of an unlawful resolution to the crisis.

"If Yushchenko does orchestrate a de facto presidential coup," the statement said, "he risks loosing the support of the West."


poor Jews, they have really overextended the U.S.A. and now the chickens are starting to come home to roost. Give the people what they want, a pro-Russian, anti N.A.T.O., anti N.W.O. government. It's a democracy!


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