Ukraine's Pro-Western 'Orange Revolution' Government Falls Apart
Globalism; Posted on: 2008-09-16 17:15:00 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
Ukraine's ruling pro-Western coalition has officially collapsed, the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament says.
President Viktor Yushchenko has been involved in a long-running dispute with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
The president's Our Ukraine bloc left the coalition earlier this
month. Parliament now has 30 days to try to form a new ruling
If those efforts fail, Mr Yushchenko can dissolve parliament and call a snap election.
The Our Ukraine party pulled out of the coalition
on 3 September after the Tymoshenko Bloc sided with the pro-Moscow
opposition Party of Regions to pass several laws that Mr Yushchenko saw
as a threat to his presidential powers.
Mr Yushchenko and Ms Tymoshenko led the 2004 Orange Revolution, which
overturned the fraudulent presidential election victory of a pro-Moscow**
candidate, Viktor Yanukovych. But since then the two former allies have
become bitter rivals, vying for power ahead of the 2010 presidential
**Fraudulent? Not so fast.
The four foundations involved included three funded by the U.S.
government: The National Endowment for Democracy, which receives its
money directly from Congress; the Eurasia Foundation, which receives
money from the State Department, and the Renaissance Foundation,
part of a network of charities funded by billionaire George Soros that
receives money from the State Department. Other countries involved
included Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Norway,
Sweden and Denmark. --Ed.
News Source: bbc news