Deadlock in Ukraine power struggle

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Kiev to protest against the Ukrainian president's decision to dissolve parliament and call for elections.

Deadlock in Ukraine power struggle

Thousandsof demonstrators have taken to the streets of Kiev to protest against the Ukrainianpresident's decision to dissolve parliament and call for elections.

ViktorYushchenko, the president, on Tuesday stood by his orders and appealed forsupport from diplomats, law enforcers and governors as his standoff with theprime minister escalated.


At afour-hour meeting in Yushchenko's office, Viktor Yanukovich, the primeminister, was told that "according to the constitution, a presidentialorder must be fulfilled".

But herejected the dissolution order and his backers marshalled thousands ofsupporters to gather in the capital.


Yushchenkocalled for elections to be held on May 27 but Yanukovich urged him to return tonegotiations.


The primeminister's party also plans to challenge the legality of the dissolution order.

OnTuesday, Yushchenko met police and military leaders, telling them thattheir "key mission is to stay out of politics".

Thepolitical crisis is the most serious since Yushchenko swept to powerin 2004 on the back of the Orange Revolution which rejected Russianinterference in Ukrainian politics.

But sincethe victory Yushchenko has seen his power eroded by Yanukovich, the man hedefeated in 2004.

Abreakdown of a power-sharing agreement on Monday between Yushchenko, who hasthe West's support and Yanukovich, supported by Russia, led to the standoff.


Yushchenkoaccused the prime minister of failing to offer guaranteed support for hisdomestic and foreign policies, as agreed in August, in exchange for returningto office.

Therivalry between the two has remained sharp throughout the eight months theyhave shared power.

Althoughthe leaders have different opinions over whether Ukraine shouldjoin Nato, much of the wrangling is seen as efforts by their financial backersseeking to protect business interests.

Yushchenko'ssupporters who held a big demonstration over the weekend said late on Tuesdaythat there were no plans to organise new rallies.

Theleaders are seeking help from Europe toresolve the standoff.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16