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Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko offered to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich to postpone parliamentary elections in the country
At the same time, Yushchenko admitted the absence of some of the legal grounds for early elections. And yet, he expressed hope that political forces will agree to delay the elections. The president continues to think that elections are necessary for overcoming the current political crisis. “Once the date of the elections is set, it will be necessary to solve the question of their financing and holding,” Yushchenko said. Earlier, the president signed a decree on the dissolution of the parliament and called early elections for May 27. However some experts say that early elections may be challenged in court because their timing is not consistent with the law on the election of the people’s deputies of Ukraine. The president told a press conference on April 12 that he would not cancel his decree on the dissolution of the parliament but could delay the elections. “I want to say right away that the president will not reverse his decree,” Yushchenko said. “My decree on early termination of powers of the Verkhovnaya Rada of this convocation is mandatory for fulfilment, and it is in effect – this is a main political reality with which the Ukrainian nation is living today,” he said. Yushchenko stressed that the “dissolution of the parliament is not an end in itself”. “Today this is the sole way to return the political life in Ukraine into a legal channel,” he said. “Ukraine is travelling a democratic road. The main thing for me as president is that my nation, my people democratically reacts to this problem and can find a democratic answer to the challenges that arise down this road. All the rest is emotions that should not be taken into account.” Yushchenko said he was sure that the “situation in Ukraine is stable and controllable”. “I am convinced that today the Ukrainian nation is creating and proving its being European, its tolerance despite the fact that in some or another question there can be differences in views of political forces or of a part of the society,” he said. Yushchenko believes that early parliamentary elections are the only available means in the current situation to prevent a worsening of the political crisis. “Any other scenario will merely exacerbate the crisis,” Yushchenko said. “We need a new mandate, we need renewed political forces. We have to be through the election purgatory once again.” Yushchenko argues that “the key political players, who have been through the past few months or weeks of tests will certainly derive their own conclusions, to be reflected in new lists.” “The presidential decree to dissolve parliament protects democracy,” Yushchenko said.
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