Ukraine’s parliament has approved a series of laws and constitutional changes that could help resolve the country’s presidential election crisis.
The reforms include weakening the president’s powers and giving more say to parliament and the regions. The voting process will also be tightened in the hope of preventing cheating. After the vote, opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko said the road was now clear for him to win the election re-run on December 26. Last month the candidate backed by outgoing President Leonid Kushma, Viktor Yanukovich, was declared the winner. The Supreme Court looked into allegations that the result had been rigged and found that the election was flawed. That marked a victory for opposition supporters, who are now celebrating the parliament’s decision. They were able to see legislators approve the reforms via a videolink. People protesting against the result of November’s poll have been camping out in freezing temperatures for weeks. They now hope the reforms will pave the way for the result they have been hoping for.