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Ukrainian lawmakers vote for simultaneous early presidential, parliamentary ballot

Ukrainian lawmakers vote for simultaneous early presidential, parliamentary ballot

Ukrainian lawmakers increased the pressure on President Viktor Yushchenko Monday by passing a nonbinding resolution that calls for simultaneous early presidential and parliamentary elections.
Yushchenko signed a decree earlier this month dissolving the 450-seat legislature and ordering new parliamentary elections for late May. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, however, and his majority in parliament have refused to fulfill the decree, and challenged it before the Constitutional Court.
Unable to get funding for the election from the Yanukovych-controlled government, Yushchenko postponed the elections until June 24, but has said he will not back down from holding it.
Lawmakers in parliament voted 234-0 to hold joint early parliamentary and presidential elections not later than Dec. 9. However, the constitution would have to be changed to force early presidential elections, and lawmakers need a minimum 300 votes to do that.
Currently, only 254 lawmakers are participating in the disbanded parliament; allies of Yushchenko, meanwhile, have given up their seats.
Ukraine's political stalemate erupted after Yushchenko accused Yanukovych of trying to usurp power by wooing pro-presidential lawmakers over to the majority coalition. But tension between the two leaders had been building from the moment Yanukovych returned to power as premier after his party won the most votes in last year's election and put together the majority coalition.


Updated : 2021-05-09 07:33 GMT+08:00