President ready to delay poll

18:00, 04 May 2007
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A new date for early parliamentary elections will be set by a special group

A new date for early parliamentary elections will be set by a special group involving Ukraine’s political leaders and in line with the constitution, President Victor Yushchenko said at a news conference on Friday, according to the President`s press-office.

“A new date for early parliamentary elections will be appointed by a presidential decree. It should be written in the context of those political agreements which can only be reached by this group,” he said, adding that all legal issues should be carefully analyzed, particularly by his representative to the group.

Speaking about results of his face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, he said their most important compromise was to hold elections and ensure they are conducted in a democratic manner.

“We have agreed to organize the whole process properly…: hold party conventions, register electoral lists, form district and local commissions, print promotional materials and do other things to make sure that we hold democratic elections. It will take about sixty days…,” he said.

Yushchenko said the Verkhovna Rada should adopt a few laws and pass amendments to others to ensure the poll is democratic. He will then issue a new decree.

He said the crisis should be resolved as quickly as possible, adding that the group had been told to report by the start of next week and that a session of parliament may be held on Tuesday, May 8.

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