President backs imperative mandate
As a means to stimulate a consolidated position in parliament
President Victor Yushchenko told reporters in Poltava on Thursday imperative mandate was “one of the means to stimulate the formation of a more or less consolidated position in parliament”, according to the President`s press-office.
“It is not honest for those knowing the situation in Ukraine and knowing how deep corruption and organized crime have penetrated Ukraine`s parliament to say democratic phrases and do nothing to defend democracy,” he said and added that he was going to find out soon whether the Constitutional Court of Ukraine is ready to examine the constitutionality of this provision.
Yushchenko said the imperative mandate issue was as important as election reform and insisted that election rules must be changed, especially at Ukraine’s local level, to make deputies more responsible before their communities.
He said the year 2008 “should become a year of constitutional changes.”