Saturday, 26 December 2009

Lutsenko promises to name force planning vote-rigging at January polls

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has information suggesting a possible vote-rigging attempt by one of the political forces during the country's presidential elections in January, Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko said at a news conference in Rivne on Dec. 25. "There is certain information that individual political figures are preparing falsifications," Lutsenko said.Asked to name a political force that could be planning this vote-rigging attempt, the minister said that "the answer to this question will be made public in the near future, but it is at least unreasonable to announce the Interior Ministry's special operation."Lutsenko also said he ruled out parliament's possible early dissolution after the presidential polls."Should [Ukrainian Prime Minister] Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko win, parliament will remain intact. [First Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr] Turchynov will become acting prime minister. A more stable majority will emerge in parliament," the minister said."Moreover, I predict that the president will attend nearly all sessions of the government. She [Tymoshenko] will personally oversee the fulfillment of all the set tasks. As you know, should Tymoshenko be elected [Ukraine's] president, any premier and parliament will only perform their original functions," he said."Hypothetically, in the event of another scenario, the dissolution of parliament is also unlikely," he added.

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