Ukraine president to call election if court rules alliance illegitimate

13:39, March 30, 2010      

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych would call a snap parliamentary election if a court ruled that a coalition supporting him in parliament had been formed illegally, the president's office said in a statement on Monday.

Yanukovych deemed that the Constitutional Court will issue a just and fair ruling on the coalition, according to the statement read by Anna German, president's top aide.

"The Ukrainian president will never opt for violating the Constitution and will act under the law. As regards the Constitutional Court's ruling on the legitimacy of the newly formed coalition, the president will accept any court ruling on the subject. And in case the Constitutional Court issues a ruling that questions the legitimacy of the coalition, the president will be ready to call a fresh parliamentary elections," the statement said.

"The president will never go down the path of breaching the constitution that is in force," it added.

Earlier this month, Yanukovych signed a law amendment that allows individual deputies to join a coalition group, but under the old rules of forming a coalition, parties in parliament had to agree as a whole to join a coalition.

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Yanukovich's bitter rival whom he beat in the runoff for president, this month dubbed the amendment a "constitutional coup d'etat" and called the creation of the new coalition and cabinet "illegal." The case is now being considered by Ukraine's Constitutional Court.

Tymoshenko on Monday once again accused Yanukovych's entourage of demanding a ruling on the legitimacy of the new coalition.

"Representatives of Yanukovych have made a strict demand to the Constitutional Court -- a ruling must be made that the coalition and the government are legitimate," she said at a briefing in Kiev.

Tymoshenko said that judges of the Constitutional Court are being invited to meet with Yanukovych's representatives, where they receive offers either to recognize the coalition and the government legitimate, or resign, in exchange for reasonable pensions and less important positions.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Anatoliy Mohyliov has ordered checks on claims made by opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko that Constitutional Court's judges are being bribed.

"We will immediately check the statement by Yulia Tymoshenko. And the relevant conclusions will be made -- those responsible will be brought to trial, if the bribery took place. If these are just lies by Tymoshenko then she will be prosecuted," the Interior Ministry's press service quoted Mohyliov as saying.

Source: Xinhua
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