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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Presidential Election to Be Held Oct. 25, Rada Rules

In a long anticipated anti-Yushchenko vote, the Verkhovna Rada rescheduled the presidential election to October 25, 2009, almost three months earlier than the previous date, January 17, 2010.

The vote breakdown:

PRU, 174
BYuT, 155
NUNS, 26
CPU, 27
LyB, 19



Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work, Ukraine needs fresh new blood to lead the goverment. Someone who is dedicated to Ukraine first. Someone who will cast aside corruption, instill pride in the youth and re develop Ukrainian culture.

elmer said...

Why did this vote take place?

Well, it was rumored that President Baloha, er, Yushchenko, was going to disband parliament ahead of presidential elections in January 2010, on the pretext that there really is not a coalition in Parliament.

Ah, but those clever little Komsomol monkeys in Parliament, they are always also playing political chess. Clever little monkeys. The clever little sovoks in Ukraine are consitutionally incapable of making a decision without playing games for their own benefit.

Solution? "vote" to move up the Presidential elections!

Voila - prez cannot disband the Rada in the 6 months prior to a prez election.

Presto! - no disbanding of the Rada.

See how clever those little sovoks are?

Prez Baloha, er, Yushchenko, has challenged the validity of that vote, of course.

In the meantime, crisis, shmisis, let it all burn.

Heck, Chernobyl exploded, and Ukraine got to have a good cry about victims and heroes.

Prevention? Planning?

Hell, no. Much easier and better to let the country burn down.

Chernobyl syndrome.

Taras said...

Thank you, Anonymous!

We really need fresh blood, fresh leaders and fresh governance.

The system fears freshness.

This vote, spearheaded by presidential hopefuls Tymoshenko and Yanukovych, aimed to shorten the election campaign and thus keep the freshness to a minimum.


The USSR overinvested in economic planning and underinvested in technological disaster prevention.

What happened at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, managed by the Ministry of Energy and Electrification of the USSR, wasn’t Ukraine’s fault. Nevertheless, after the breakup of the USSR, Chernobyl became Ukraine’s economic burden.

In oligarch Ukraine, neither planning nor prevention matters. What matters is political power and the profits it brings.

elmer said...

What happened at Chernobyl may not have been Ukraine's fault - it was being run by a couple of party apparatchiks, with no nuclear engineering expertise, and in one case, a mail-order degree of some sort -

but the mentality is still the same.

Although it may be changing, based on what I've seen lately on the Savik Shuster show and based on a few stirrings from President Yushchenko (another call for elimination of total parliamentary immunity).