Physical assaults and chaos have engulfed the Ukrainian parliament, once again revealing the deep rift that came to the fore in the “Orange Revolution.” Ugly scenes erupted when the assembly approved a coalition that looks set to make the pro-Russian politician Viktor Yanukovich prime minister.
One of his most bitter opponents, Yulia Tymoshenko, said: “What is going on in here is nothing to do with upholding the constitution and law. That is why our party, our block will not participate in illegitimate parliamentary sittings. We will be preparing for an early election.”
Not surprisingly Yanukovich does not see things that way.
“We are in favour of parliament working,” he said. “And we have formed a majority in parliament, a coalition.”Outside his supporters cheered him on – sporting the trademark blue they brought onto the streets to counter the demonstrators loyal to their pro-western leader and now president Viktor Yushchenko in the tumultuous events of November 2004.