Another Fine Mess - Ukrainian Gov't Sacked - Legal Chaos?
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's Parliament sacked Yekhanurov's government but now there's no way to appoint a new one...
According to Serhiy Holovatyi, Ukraine's Justice Minister, the constitutional reform deal that came into effect on January 1, set the stage for politicians pushing "the country into legal chaos."
Legal advisor to Yuschenko, Mykola Polud'oney explained to Ukrainiinska Pravda that the problem arises because the provisions allowing the VR to fire the gov't have come into effect but a mechanism which provide for the appointment of a new one has not yet been approved.
Meanwhile, the Guardian is reporting that Yekhanurov told reporters that the sacking was nonbinding. Further, he said that his government would continue working until at least March when a newly elected parliament will appoint a new cabinet.
As for the President's reaction, Yuschenko's travelling again and he's in Astana, Kazakhstan. He stated that Parliament acted unconstitutionally and illegally and therefore, he may have no recourse but to disband the Verkhovna Rada. Additionally, according to the Presidential press service, Yuschenko will take the VR's vote before Ukraine's Constitutional Court. In their release, they quote Yuschenko as stating that the government is not an 'acting gov't' but rather it is an actual gov't, and that legally nothing has changed: «Хочу підкреслити, вони не виконуватимуть обов’язки, а працюватимуть як прем’єр-міністр і як міністри Кабінету Міністрів». «Ні політично, ні у правовому полі ситуація в Україні не змінилася»
My, what fun awaits us all! Lawsuits, electioneering, campaigning, fist pounding...