Lutsenko accuses President to supporting Baloha-Kolesnikov plan

15:39, 27 May 2008
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Political overturn aimed at restoring kuchmism takes place in Ukraine?

Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuri Lutsenko claims that a political overturn in order to return to kuchmism [the era of former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma] is taking place in Ukraine.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Yuri Lutsenko claimed this at a press conference in Kyiv, addressing President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko, the coalition of democratic forces, and also electors, who voted for democratic forces.

Yuri Lutsenko accused President’s Chief of Staff Victor Baloha and one of Party of Regions leaders Borys Kolesnikov of masterminding a split of the democratic coalition, with creating a so-called “broad coalition”, and returning the country into the “Kuchma times”.

Yuri Lutsenko called the current processes a “state and political overturn”, and also called “absolutely evident” that President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko supports the mentioned-above Baloha-Kolesnikov plan.

“As of today, it is evident that the President supports the plan of Baloha and Kolesnikov aimed at splitting the democratic coalition. Mr.Baloha and Mr.Kolesnikov are convinced that if Chernovetskiy could buy the rich Kyiv, then the Donetsk clan will be able to buy not very rich Ukraine”, Yuri Lutsenko said.

According to him, he had a conversation with the President, who said him: “Yura, give up your policeman habits, until I’m the President, and everybody who wears a tie and enters my cabinet will not be jailed”. “They clearly said me: if I do not refuse, I will not be the Interior Minister any more”, the Minister said.

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