In a surprise appearance at a rally backing Ukraine’s opposition, the country’s president Viktor Yushchenko vowed that the early parliamentary election he ordered would take place in proper conditions.
Appearing at the rally alongside former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Yushchenko said, “You will be able to express your will freely and honestly. I will soon announce decisions that will guarantee the election takes place in a calm and appropriate manner.”
The president has issued two decrees dissolving the Ukrainian parliament and calling for a new election for late June, following long term political wrangling with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich. Yanukovich earlier issued a call for fresh talks, suggesting if the sides concluded elections were necessary, then such a decision would be taken. The Constitutional Court annulled the President’s original decree and now Yanukovich’s allies have called upon the court to again rule on the legality of Yushchenko’s renewed efforts for an early election.