Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko has accused his own parliament of destabilising the country by sacking the government. While attending the presidential inauguration in Khazakhstan, Yushchenko was scathing about the situation back home. “I think, that the parliament which was elected four years ago has broken with accepted democratic standards,” he said. “It has been working over the last few weeks despite the lack of a democratic foundation and that’s why it passes unconstructive decisions.”
Tuesday’s vote of no confidence was a parliamentary rejection of the recent agreement over gas prices from Russia. But the move has had a mixed response from the public. One man said: “I believe that what was done was justified. As for the gas agreement, I’m not satisfied about how the negotiations were carried out.” While one female voter said: “It’s a difficult question but I think it was the right thing to do. because the conditions of the gas agreement were unfair to Ukraine.”
With one eye on elections in March, Kiev’s deputies have expressed their anger over the recent deal in which the government agreed to pay nearly twice as much as it previously did for imported Russian gas. The deal may have settled the row with Moscow but it’s stirred up a new constitutional debate in Ukraine.