Yushchenko demands sides of conflict around State Property Fund to observe Constitution

13:27, 05 May 2008
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Any strong-arm variant will never work, he said

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko demands that all sides of conflict around the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU) observe provisions of the Ukrainian Constitution.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Victor Yushchenko stressed in an interview with journalists on Monday that, in line with the existing Constitution, only the parliament has a right to appoint and dismiss the SPFU chairman.

“Nobody will change this provision of law, and I commission all the sides, taking part in the conflict, to observe only the provisions of the Ukrainian Constitution”, the President stressed.

He pointed out that should the SPFU head be illegally sacked or appointed, this will give up the Ukrainian privatization for lost.

Besides, in the opinion of the President, this also tarnishes the image of Ukraine, its authorities, and seriously reduces the cost of objects for sale.

“My recommendation, to the government as well, is to be busy with affairs, lying within the legal sphere for settling this issue”, Victor Yushchenko stressed.

He noted that any strong-arm variant will never work.

“I will be on the watch over observing the Constitution in this sphere. It seems to me, the government understands it quite well, but, for some reason, they do not come to any corresponding conclusions. We’re going a wrong way”, Victor Yushchenko said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on February 6 of the current year, the government decided to remove Valentyna Semeniuk-Samsonenko from post of State Property Fund chief. However, as early as on 7 February, President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko suspended the government’s decree on removal V.Semeniuk-Samsonenko from the SPFU chief post.

On April 24, the Okruzhny administrative court of Kyiv ruled to suspend the President’s decree concerning V.Semeniuk-Samsonenko, and suspended all decrees of V.Semeniuk-Samsonenko concerning the cancellation of the Odessa Pre-Port Plant privatization.

On April 25, Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko installed Andriy Portnov as new chief of the State Property Fund of Ukraine. This time the Prosecutor-General’s Office intervened, canceling Semeniuk’s suspension by Tymoshenko. In response, the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc threatened to launch a no-confidence motion against Prosecutor-General Oleksandr Medvedko in parliament.

Speaking at a talk-show on Inter TV, Semeniuk said that she would not go until parliament replaced her. Semeniuk knows that parliament will not do that any time soon, as the biggest caucus in it, the opposition Party of Regions, will hardly back Tymoshenko in her dispute with Yushchenko.

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