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Ukraine moves closer to compromise in political stand-off

Ukraine moves closer to compromise in political stand-off
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Ukraine’s President wanted early elections and it seems he has got his way.

A compromise appears to have been reached in Viktor Yushchenko’s battle of wills with the prime minister.

Up until now, the president’s decree, calling a snap ballot, had been bitterly opposed by Viktor Yanukovich. But today, as President Yushchenko again defended his decision to dissovle parliament, his arch-rival signalled he was no longer against a poll, under certain conditions.

The development came as supporters of the two men continued to gather in Kiev.

The Constitutional Court has not yet given its view on the matter.

Clad in orange, one Yushchenko supporter said she was demonstrating to protect people’s rights.
“How long will they humiliate us?” she asked, denouncing parliament.

It is dominated by those loyal to the premier.
His backers were once again out in Independence Square.

“We came to support our government. We don’t want it to change,” said a Yanukovich demonstrator.
“It works normally. We should not touch it. Why do we need this mess and these new elections?”

Parliament was dissolved amid claims the premier had violated the constitution by poaching members of the president’s team.