Ukraine's Political Leaders To Discuss Crisis
July 25, 2006 -- President Viktor Yushchenko will meet Urkaine's political and parliamentary leaders on July 26 to discuss the political crisis in the country.
President Yushchenko (left) meeting with Yanukovych on July 20 (ITAR-TASS)
Ukraine is without a new government four months after the inconclusive March parliamentary elections.
A constitutional deadline for the new parliamentary majority to form a government expired at midnight on July 24 and Yushchenko now has the right to dissolve the legislature and call new elections.
The coalition has nominated Viktor Yanukovych, the leader of the pro-Russian Party of Regions, to be the next prime minister. Today, he reiterated that the coalition is ready to unite with Yushchenko's Our Ukraine bloc.
"We are ready to work with any politician who really aspires to defend the interests of the people," Yanukovych said. "We confirm our readiness to expand the 'anti-crisis coalition' by uniting it with Our Ukraine."
Parliament speaker Oleksandr Moroz, Yushchenko's former Orange Revolution ally whose Socialist Party is now part of the pro-Russian coalition, said parliament would disobey, even if the president decided to dissolve it.