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Voice of America, Yanukovych Returns as Ukraine's Prime Minister

Yanukovych Returns as Ukraine's Prime Minister

Ukraine's parliament has voted to return Viktor Yanukovych to the post of prime minister, less than two years after he abandoned the job to make his failed bid for the presidency. Parliament also pushed through a number of other pressing measures Friday, following months of political wrangling.

It is a complete reversal of fortunes for Mr. Yanukovych, the former mechanic-turned politician, who suffered a bitter defeat to President Viktor Yushchenko amid the mass protests of the Orange Revolution.

By a vote of 271 to nine, Ukraine's parliament voted to confirm Mr. Yanukovych to the cheers of his Region's Party supporters. Mr. Yanukovych has served in the post before, under former President Leonid Kuchma, but never with the extent of powers he holds now, thanks to new constitutional reforms Mr. Yushchenko agreed to during the revolution in order to end the impasse.

Those powers include greater say in cabinet picks, as well as greater job security because according to the new changes, parliament must now approve any dismissal of the prime minister. Previously, the president alone could sack his cabinet leader.

Since the revolution, President Yushchenko has said he would like to see a revision of some of those constitutional changes, presumably those giving stronger powers to the prime minister. But parliament moved quickly Friday to ensure that would not happen, also voting to prohibit the Constitutional Court from revising the changes.

There was no immediate comment from President Yushchenko, who just one day earlier threw his support behind his archrival and joined his Our Ukraine forces with those of Regions, the Communists, and Socialists to form a new majority.

Yulia Timoshenko, who now stands as the sole opposition leader, has branded the president's deal as a sellout. This businessman, packing up from an opposition tent camp on Independence Square agrees. Boris Voichishin told VOA he never believed the president would team up with anyone but Ms. Timoshenko.

Boris says we wanted a Ukraine looking Westward, toward democracy, fair elections, and European Union and NATO membership. Now, he says, we will have nothing but a return to Russia.

President Yushchenko has said the decision, while difficult, was the only way forward to ensure that Ukraine was truly unified between its Russian-speaking East and pro-democratic West.

Addressing the parliament immediately prior to his acceptance, Mr. Yanukovych expressed confidence that he could govern the diverse factions making up the new coalition.

It is of particular interest that he chose to speak in Ukrainian, despite the fact he campaigned on pledges to make Russian the official state language.

The United States has said it looks forward to working with Ukraine's new government. It says the political impasse in Ukraine has been overcome through democratic elections and diligent politicking.

Neighboring Russia has also hailed the result. The influential business daily, Kommersant, predicts that, in practice, Mr. Yanukovych will move closer to Europe in order to protect the considerable business interests in his industrial homeland of Donetsk.


Yanukovych Returns as Ukraine's Prime Minister Ianoukovitch revient en tant que Premier ministre ukrainien

Ukraine's parliament has voted to return Viktor Yanukovych to the post of prime minister, less than two years after he abandoned the job to make his failed bid for the presidency. Parliament also pushed through a number of other pressing measures Friday, following months of political wrangling. Le Parlement a également fait passer un certain nombre d'autres mesures urgentes vendredi, après des mois de querelles politiques.

It is a complete reversal of fortunes for Mr. Yanukovych, the former mechanic-turned politician, who suffered a bitter defeat to President Viktor Yushchenko amid the mass protests of the Orange Revolution.

By a vote of 271 to nine, Ukraine's parliament voted to confirm Mr. Yanukovych to the cheers of his Region's Party supporters. Mr. Yanukovych has served in the post before, under former President Leonid Kuchma, but never with the extent of powers he holds now, thanks to new constitutional reforms Mr. Yushchenko agreed to during the revolution in order to end the impasse. M. Ianoukovitch a déjà occupé ce poste sous l'ancien président Leonid Koutchma, mais jamais avec l'étendue des pouvoirs qu'il détient actuellement, grâce aux nouvelles réformes constitutionnelles que M. Iouchtchenko a acceptées pendant la révolution afin de sortir de l'impasse.

Those powers include greater say in cabinet picks, as well as greater job security because according to the new changes, parliament must now approve any dismissal of the prime minister. Ces pouvoirs incluent une plus grande voix au chapitre dans les choix du cabinet, ainsi qu'une plus grande sécurité d'emploi, car selon les nouveaux changements, le Parlement doit désormais approuver tout renvoi du Premier ministre. Previously, the president alone could sack his cabinet leader.

Since the revolution, President Yushchenko has said he would like to see a revision of some of those constitutional changes, presumably those giving stronger powers to the prime minister. But parliament moved quickly Friday to ensure that would not happen, also voting to prohibit the Constitutional Court from revising the changes.

There was no immediate comment from President Yushchenko, who just one day earlier threw his support behind his archrival and joined his Our Ukraine forces with those of Regions, the Communists, and Socialists to form a new majority. Il n'y a pas eu de commentaire immédiat du président Iouchtchenko, qui un jour plus tôt avait apporté son soutien à son grand rival et avait uni ses forces de Notre Ukraine à celles des Régions, des communistes et des socialistes pour former une nouvelle majorité.

Yulia Timoshenko, who now stands as the sole opposition leader, has branded the president's deal as a sellout. Ioulia Timoshenko, qui se présente désormais comme le seul chef de l'opposition, a qualifié l'accord du président de trahison. Yulia Timoshenko, die nu de enige oppositieleider is, heeft de deal met de president bestempeld als uitverkocht. This businessman, packing up from an opposition tent camp on Independence Square agrees. Cet homme d'affaires, quittant un camp de tentes de l'opposition sur la place de l'Indépendance, est d'accord. Boris Voichishin told VOA he never believed the president would team up with anyone but Ms. Boris Voichishin a déclaré à VOA qu'il n'avait jamais cru que le président ferait équipe avec qui que ce soit d'autre que Mme. Timoshenko.

Boris says we wanted a Ukraine looking Westward, toward democracy, fair elections, and European Union and NATO membership. Now, he says, we will have nothing but a return to Russia.

President Yushchenko has said the decision, while difficult, was the only way forward to ensure that Ukraine was truly unified between its Russian-speaking East and pro-democratic West. Le président Iouchtchenko a déclaré que la décision, bien que difficile, était la seule voie à suivre pour garantir que l'Ukraine soit véritablement unifiée entre son Est russophone et son Ouest pro-démocratique.

Addressing the parliament immediately prior to his acceptance, Mr. Yanukovych expressed confidence that he could govern the diverse factions making up the new coalition.

It is of particular interest that he chose to speak in Ukrainian, despite the fact he campaigned on pledges to make Russian the official state language.

The United States has said it looks forward to working with Ukraine's new government. It says the political impasse in Ukraine has been overcome through democratic elections and diligent politicking. Het zegt dat de politieke impasse in Oekraïne is overwonnen door democratische verkiezingen en ijverige politiek.

Neighboring Russia has also hailed the result. The influential business daily, Kommersant, predicts that, in practice, Mr. Yanukovych will move closer to Europe in order to protect the considerable business interests in his industrial homeland of Donetsk. L'influent quotidien économique Kommersant prédit que, dans la pratique, M. Ianoukovitch se rapprochera de l'Europe afin de protéger les intérêts commerciaux considérables dans sa patrie industrielle de Donetsk. De invloedrijke zakenkrant Kommersant voorspelt dat de heer Janoekovitsj in de praktijk dichter bij Europa zal komen om de aanzienlijke zakelijke belangen in zijn industriële thuisland Donetsk te beschermen.