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Parl[iamentary] majority gives hostile reception to dissolution decree [Ukraine]
Itar-Tass ^ | Tue Apr 3, 2007

Posted on 04/02/2007 6:49:20 PM PDT by A. Pole

KIEV, April 3 (Itar-Tass) - Ukraine is getting immersed in a deep political crisis with unpredictable consequences. The parliamentary majority has given a hostile reception to the presidential decree on the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) and does not intend to obey it.

The confrontation between political forces will inevitably spill out into to the streets. The opposition leaders have already called for a new Maidan (permanent rally) in downtown Kiev.

Yuri Lutsenko, leader of the People's Self-Defence movement, has stated that a platform for speakers will be set up in Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosty) on Tuesday and rallies will begin there.

The Pora (It is time) party, known as the vanguard of the Ukraine's Orange revolution of 2004, has announced the mobilization of its supporters.

The Parliament of Ukraine will work on Tuesday non-stop without a clear-cut agenda, in a situation-determined mode, a parliament secretariat official has said. House Speaker Alexander Moroz has said there is information on provocations being prepared by the opposition.

Members of the Party of Regions believe that the parliament will make a representation to the Constitutional Court about the presidential decree on the dissolution of parliament. Neither do they rule out that the ruling coalition, in retaliation, would decide Tuesday on the holding of an early presidential election.

Meanwhile, the Verkhovna Rada, in a decision backed by 261 MPs Tuesday, has applied to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in a request to hold urgent debates on the situation that has taken shape in Ukraine.

The Verkhovna Rada has sent a letter to President Viktor Yushchenko in a request to renounce the decree on the dissolution of parliament. An appropriate message to the president was supported by 261 MPs at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday.

The first clash between opposition and government supporters has taken place on Kreshchatik central street here at night immediately after opposition leaders made speeches in Maidan.

According to Interior Ministry data, the scuffle involved about 20 people. Police patrols reacted in time and managed to disengage the two scuffling groups.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: europe; orange; ukraine; yushchenko

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