Ukraine Parliament Now In Control–Or Is It?
As intense, bloody, and controversial as political revolutions can be, many agree that ousting the hated figure of the moment is in actuality the easiest part.
What comes next is far more challenging: Stabilizing the country and uniting millions of people under a new government. Particularly a new government that is a true separation from what so many were fighting against rather than simply being the old regime in new clothes.
This reality is what many fear for the heavily divided Ukraine. Even now, it’s not quite certain who is in charge as Kiev is still occupied by thousands of anti-government protesters.
The Associated Press learned that Yanukovych has settled his entourage in Kharkiv, Ukraine, located in a more Pro-Russian area of the country.
In Yanukovych’s absence, his Region’s Party’s stranglehold on the Ukrainian parliament has virtually withered away.
— bruce springnote (@BSpringnote) February 23, 2014
Yulia Tymoshenko wisely asks not be considered for prime minister. She caused enough damage first time around. http://t.co/Y7nO6kFSuU
— Yaroslav Trofimov (@yarotrof) February 23, 2014
The government body is firmly in the hands of Yanukovych’s opponents. Over the weekend the government body stripped Yanukovych’s remaining government allies of various positions and voted for early elections to take place on May 25th. Heading Parliament at present is speaker Oleksandr Turchinov. Turchinov received an overwhelming majority of the votes as to who should act as president in place of Yanukovych.
This decision has huge ramifications for the recently freed Yulia Tymoshenko, as Turchinov is a major supporter of hers. Tymoshenko was a huge player in Ukrainian politics about a decade ago, best known for the 2004 Orange Revolution. Some suspect that Tymoshenko may seize this chance to make a return to power.
Putting her in office may go a long way towards stabilizing the power structure of Ukraine. However, the legitimacy of recent decision-making and even the ongoing redistribution of power is uncertain.
In order to make these sweeping changes, the emboldened parliament is falling back on a 10-year-old constitution alleged to grant greater power to the parliament. However, Yanukovych claims that because he himself did not sign off on the constitution they are using, everything that is happening right now is completely illegitimate and unconstitutional.
A major player that has not made its presence felt is the Ukrainian military, which has remained neutral. Should matters escalate, a military coup is entirely possible.
With so many persons moving into position for “a power play”, it’s possible that an even bloodier tug of war is on the way. It can only be hoped that sensible steps are being taken towards a more stable and united Ukraine.
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