Yushchenko Meets With Party Bosses, Sets 5-Day Coalition Deadline
During talks with the leaders of the five parties that have gained representation in parliament, President Yushchenko laid down markers for the coalition-building process, Ukrayinska Pravda reports.
He urged that the coalition be formed within five days, at which time he will, with the advice and consent of the coalition, nominate the Prime Minister.
Yushchenko demanded the rescinding of the Cabinet of Ministers Bill, a controversial piece of legislation passed earlier this year that strips the President of much of his authority.
The President also reaffirmed his Constitutional authority over law enforcement. BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko — the Orange coalition’s No.1 PM candidate — expressed her willingness to supply the opposition with chairmanship of the Audit Chamber, as well as with deputy minister and governor posts.
Yanukovych signalled readiness to assume the opposition role:
Якщо ми будемо в коаліції, прем’єрське крісло буде в партії регіонів. Ми готові взяти на себе відповідальність, ми маємо на це (формування коаліції) право як переможці цих перегонів... якщо так не станеться, у нас є єдиний шлях – це опозиція".
If we are in the coalition, the premier’s seat will be with the Party of Regions. We are ready to take responsibility; we have a right to do so [form the coalition] as winners of the election…but if this does not happen, then we have only one way — the opposition.
He did not support the idea of rescinding the Cabinet of Ministers Bill, saying instead that amendments could be made.