At today's session of the Verkhovna Rada, Speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk said this: "I officially pronounce the disbandment of the coalition of democratic forces in the Verkhovna Rada, created by NUNS and BYuT on November 29, 2007, period."
"Anybody want to observe a moment of silence? Okay, let's skip this part," Yatsenyuk quipped. He then added:
Today is the day we turn a page of Ukraine's political history and open a new one. I wouldn't call this a political apocalypse. Yes, it's yet another challenge for democracy, but I hope that, together, we'll meet this challenge, too. It's not a case when they didn't let us. It's a case when we didn't make it and didn't succeed.
The end of the Orange Coalition marks the beginning of a 30-day interregnum during which the parties represented in Parliament should form a new coalition. Failure to form a coalition gives the President the right to disband Parliament