Thursday, December 11, 2008

Third Time's the Charm in Ukraine?

So the Orange Coalition has pulled itself back together to form a governing majority in Ukraine once again. Somehow "incompetent" Yushchenko and "traitor" Tymoshenko (in the eyes of some of the respective partisans of both politicians) are back on the same page. Months wasted and then the economic crisis hit as Ukraine's main exports decline in value and people pull money from the banks.

Understandable why no one might want elections in those conditions--but it doesn't seem that any of the underlying issues which led to the second "Orange Divorce"-particularly over who gets to control what positions--have been settled. So is it just a matter of time before the coalition fractures--or this time will these questions get settled?

Nikolas, they've already declared that there is no coalition. Today one of the MPs from president's Our Ukraine party publicly told Mr. Yushchenko is against the coalition with Mrs. Tymoshenko. But we've got at least one positive thing from this PR trick - the Parliament started to adopt legislation.
Thanks for the clarification, Tetyana.
Nikolas, interesting points. The only thing I'd say is that one major thing appears (with appears being the operative word) to have changed -- Yushchenko has lost the majority of his bloc. While Yushchenko seems to be against the coalition (the person who said he was has backtracked), it doesn't matter because the majority of the bloc signed a statement in favor, thus making the coalition legal. The question, then, is not whether the coalition exists, but whether it has enough real votes to adopt controversial legislation.
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