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Tension high in rival political camps in Ukraine

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Tension high in rival political camps in Ukraine


Hundreds of protestors have been keeping an around-the-clock vigil in Ukraine. While all seems calm in the tent camps, set up by the Prime Minister’s supporters outside Parliament, tensions are still high. The Constitutional Court meets this week to decide on the President’s dissolution of the legislature. A supporter of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich said: “We just want, through our presence here, to stop this bunch of criminals, Yulia Tymoshenko and President Yushenko, from dividing the country.”

But supporters of President Viktor Yushenko insist his decision was constitutional. He has set elections for the end of May, though they may take place later. One supporter said: “Of course the President is right because he wrote this decree which everybody has to follow. The proof of this will be how the people will vote in the elections. Once again the people will decide who is and who should be in power.”

The pro-Western President has accused pro-Russians in Parliament, led by the Prime Minister, of acting unconstitutionally by offering bribes to pro-Western MPs so they would change sides. Tens of thousands of the Prime Minister’s supporters are expected to gather in Kiev to protest today. The President’s supporters have vowed to do the same on Tuesday.

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