Sunday, 15 November 2009
Ukrainian speaker says Prime Minister Tymoshenko won’t be dismissed before elections
Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn is sure that Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will not be dismissed before the presidential elections. "I am rushing to calm everybody down. All this behind-the-scenes talk that the replacement of the Ukrainian prime minister could be brought up will not materialize," Lytvyn said on Inter television channel on Friday evening."Nobody will want to take on such responsibility and add points in favor of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko before the end of the presidential campaign," he said.Even if a proposal to dismiss Tymoshenko is submitted to the parliament by a group of parliamentarians or by President Viktor Yuschenko, Tymoshenko will continue to perform prime ministerial duties, he said.Otherwise, "She would say: my dear fellows, I was keeping everything together as much as I could. However small the pensions and the salaries were, they were paid. Now you are seeing a complete collapse, and those who voted for this decision are responsible for this," he said.The same situation happened in 2006, when Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov was dismissed, Lytvyn said."The ratings of those political groups that voted for Yekhanurov's dismissal dropped. I think the right conclusion was made out of this and nothing of the sort will happen again," he said.