Tymoshenko calls symbolic the President’s decision

11:34, 14 March 2008
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To suspend Kyiv Mayor from office

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko calls symbolic the decision of President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko to suspend Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetskiy from office for 15 days.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Yulia Tymoshenko claimed this to a press conference in the Cabinet of Ministers today.

“A commission was set up to investigate into the corrupted activities of L.Chernovetskiy. The only consolation is that this commission does not include L.Chernovetskiy and O.Dovhiy. While this commission includes everything else”, she said.

In her opinion, in case if this commission claims in 10 days that corruption is absent in Kyiv, “it will look like in the Soviet Union times they said that there was no sex in USSR”, the Prime Minister said.

At the same time, Yulia Tymoshenko intends to wait for the conclusion of the commission.

“However, our team in parliament will very clearly insist since Tuesday that the democratic coalition fulfill its promises to Kyiv residents, and that they vote either a law or decree on Tuesday – depending on the decision of the Verkhovna Rada legal service, to stipulate fixing the date for carrying out a snap election of Kyiv Mayor and Kyiv Council in 45 days after making the respective decision. We will not ignore this issue any more”, she stressed.

The Prime Minister is confident that the results of voting in parliament on Tuesday, March 18, will indicate whether somebody “follows double standards or not”.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko has suspended Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky from office for a period of fifteen days, during which an in-house investigation will be done over the his alleged failure to perform occupational duties.

Chernovetsky is also charged with corruption, encroachments on the Constitution, non-fulfillment of Ukraine’s laws and acts issued by the President and government.

All these occupational misdemeanors have reportedly been registered by the cabinet of ministers.

Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Vasyunik has been appointed chairman of a special investigative committee.

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