KIEV, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The UKrainian parliament
has taken a step toward compromise with President Viktor Yushchenko to defuse
the current political crisis, said Parliament Speaker Oleksander Moroz on
Demonstrators attend a rally to support
Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich in central Kiev April 5, 2007.
The parliament passed a
on Friday to amend the parliamentary constitution.
The amended constitution said that the parliament's
majority coalition can be expanded only by the addition of parliament groups as
a whole, not individual lawmakers, a step toward compromise with President
Yushchenko, said Moroz at a press conference.
The current political turmoil in Ukraine emerged
last month when 11 lawmakers from pro-presidential factions defected to Prime
Minister Viktor Yanukovich's ruling coalition, moving it closer to a 300-seat,
veto-proof majority in the parliament that could allow Yanukovich's allies to
change the constitution.
Yushchenko called the defections illegal, saying the
law permits only blocs, not individual lawmakers, to switch sides.
The president issued an decree on Monday to dissolve
the parliament and hold early elections on May 27.
Yanukovich has defied the order
and brought his supporters into the streets of Ukrainian capital, where they
have set up a tent camp and held daily rallies outside the Central Election
Commission and on the Independence Square.
On Friday, Yushchenko and Yanukovich held talks on
the current political crisis for more than an hour. The meeting ended without
any public comments.
Putin talks with Ukrainian president by phone on Ukraine crisis
MOSCOW, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko on Friday, discussing the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service said.
"The conversation focused on the crisis in Ukraine, which causes serious concern about possible negative consequences of this confrontation for the Ukrainian economy and social sphere, as well as for the sustainable development of the Russian-Ukrainian cooperation," the press service said. Full story
Russia criticizes dissolution of
MOSCOW, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Russia's lower house of
parliament on Friday lashed out at the Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko's
decree dissolving the parliament, saying that it is only building up tensions in
the country, Russian news agencies reported.
"Deputies of the State Duma share assessments
regarding this decree given by Ukrainian lawmakers and constitutional law
experts. It runs counter to certain points of the Constitution of Ukraine ...
But the head of state prefers to keep silent about it," the Interfax news agency
quoted a draft statement as saying. Full story
Ukrainian president dissolves
KIEV, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Viktor
Yushchenko dissolved the parliament on Monday and called new parliamentary
elections for May 27, Russian news agencies reported.
Yushchenko announced the decision in a nationwide
televised address after consultations with the parliamentary leadership and
leaders of parliamentary factions, the Itar-Tass said. Full story