Ukraine leader suspends dissolution decree for two days

Other News Materials 29 May 2007 13:40 (UTC +04:00)

( RIA Novosti ) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has suspended for two days his decree on parliament's dissolution to give the Supreme Rada time to adopt laws needed to hold snap elections, his press service said Tuesday.

President Yushchenko announced Sunday that early parliamentary elections in the country would be held September 30. The announcement came after hours of tense negotiations between Yushchenko and his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, aimed at ending a long-running political crisis in the country.

"To implement urgent measures needed to resolve the political crisis by holding snap elections to Ukraine's Supreme Rada, I order that article two of the president's April 26 decree on dissolving the Rada and calling early elections be suspended May 29 and 30," the presidential Web site said.

Pro-Western leader Yushchenko issued the April 26 decree shortly before the Constitutional Court was to rule on his previous order of April 2 that set early polls for May 27. The move outraged the pro-Russian Yanukovych and his allies in the 450-seat unicameral parliament, who opposed snap elections, prolonging the crisis in the ex-Soviet state.

Yushchenko has been pressing for parliament's dissolution and early elections following the defection of 11 opposition members to the premier-led ruling coalition in parliament, which the president said was in circumvention of the Constitution.