Ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko freed. New Ukraine government ‘by Tuesday’. Parliament votes out President. Ukraine parliament names speaker Turchynov interim president. Yanukovych flees. Protesters still in Kiev streets. Elections scheduled for 25 May.
Oleksander Turchynov takes charge following the dismissal of President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday. Mr Turchynov told MPs they had until Tuesday to form a new unity government, the BBC reports.
Parliament also voted to seize Mr Yanukovych’s luxury estate near Kiev, which protesters entered on Saturday.
The whereabouts of Mr Yanukovych, who described parliament’s decision to vote him out as a coup, remain unclear.
Thousands of protesters remain in Independence Square where the atmosphere is described as calm.
Late on Saturday, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, freed from detention in the eastern city of Kharkiv after a vote in parliament, urged opposition supporters in Independence Square to continue protesting. Her release was one of the conditions of the EU-Ukraine trade pact that President Yanukovych rejected last year – triggering the protests that led to the current crisis.
Ukrainian parliament’s decisions on Sunday
Parliament has nulled a Yanukovich-era law, which gave legal grounds for regional use of minority languages. The 2012 law allowed predominantly Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine to use Russian in official business, education and some other areas, rt.com informs.
The parliament has given itself the authority to appoint and sack judges. It also fired the head of Ukraine’s High Administrative Court, Igor Temkizhev.
In a first failure to adopt a decree in the Sunday spree of legislative action, the Ukrainian parliament could not sack the head of the High Trade Court, Victor Tatykov. The vote ended with 223 MPs in favor of the move with a minimum of 226 required.
The Ukrainian parliament voted on Sunday to revoke the residence’s lease to Yanukovich and legally return it to governmental control. The site may be turned into a museum of corruption, or a foster children home, according to some opposition suggestions.
Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) has sacked Ukraine’s minster of health, according to the Ukrainian National News Agency (UNN).
Ukraine’s finance ministry has run out of cash, Parliament Speaker Aleksandr Turchinov warned. “We have colossal problems with the pension fund, with the banking system,” he told parliament, putting the blame on President Viktor Yanukovich and former Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov.
President Basescu appeals to political leaders of Ukraine for calm, moderation, pragmatism and prudence
Romania’s President Traian Basescu appeals to all political leaders of Ukraine for calm, moderation, pragmatism and prudence, maximum availability to dialogue and flexibility to obtain a wider consensus absolutely necessary for the country’s coming out of crisis, the domestic climate stabilisation and the economy recovery, a presidency release informs.
‘Romania’s President, Mr Traian Basescu, salutes the most recent evolutions of the profound domestic crisis Ukraine has gone through over the recent months. The cessation of violence, the relinquishment of forced and excessive repression of the protests of Ukrainian citizens are preconditions for coming back to a climate of tranquility, necessary for launching a wide political process of domestic stabilisation of the country. Mr President Traian Basescu appeals to all political leaders of Ukraine for calm, moderation, pragmatism and prudence, maximum availability to dialogue and flexibility to obtain a wider consensus, absolutely necessary for the country’s coming out of crisis, the domestic climate stabilisation and the economy recovery. The abandonment of extremist or nationalistic hints or actions would also contribute to obtaining national consensus,’ the Presidential Administration informs in a release remitted to Agerpres on Sunday.
The message of the Romanian chief of state concerning the situation in Ukraine shows that Romania, as neighbour state and as European Union and North-Atlantic Organization (NATO) member, supports the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, which must be pursued and guaranteed by the entire Ukrainian political class and by the international community.
‘Taking into account the current information available, the recovery of Ukraine’s economy through the assistance of the international community is one of the main short and medium-term objectives, together with ensuring the political and social stability. The complete observance of the fundamental rights and democratic values must fully govern the evolutions in Ukraine in the coming period,’ the cited source points out.
Also, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the signing of the agreement on solving the political crisis in Kiev. The ministry reiterates the fact that honest, inclusive and committed dialogue is the only way of solving the current crisis in Ukraine in a lasting manner, a communique informs.