Yushchenko accuses Tymoshenko and Medvedchuk of crisis in Ukraine
The President insists on public discussion of draft amendments to Constitution
President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko accuses Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko and an SDPU (U) leader Victor Medvedchuk, who were trying to introduce amendments into the Ukrainian Constitution this week, of creating the political crisis in Ukraine.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, Victor Yushchenko said this, speaking at International Conference “Constitutional Court in State Power Bodies System: Urgent Problems and Ways to Solve Them”.
Victor Yushchenko stressed there are two variants for introducing amendments into the Constitution. The first, supported by him, implies a broad discussion of the draft amendments in public, after which they are submitted to parliament.
The second variant stipulates introducing amendments into the Constitution secretly, to order of a certain political force, as it was in 2004.
He expressed a regret that there are some forces in Ukraine now that are trying to repeat the scenario of the year 2004.
“Today the events remind of the year 2004, when the front-runner of one of the leading political parties of Ukraine, the government leader, together with V.Medvedchuk and a certain company, which prepared the constitutional amendments in 2004, have in fact written a new Constitution today”, Victor Yushchenko said.
He added that this week they already planned to preliminary approve and submit to the Constitutional Court the variant, worked out by BYuT. In particular, Victor Yushchenko said that on Tuesday they planned to set up a Temporary ad hoc commission to introduce amendments into the Constitution, and the voting was scheduled for Thursday.
“It did not happen. Fortunately, it did not happen, political forces were found which refused to follow that way. It provoked the crisis that we have been observing this week”, the President said.