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Ukraine MPs Vote to Oust President, Hold Elections in May

Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Viktor Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May.

The vote came after police stopped guarding presidential buildings allowing protesters in and parliament appointed high-level officials.

Mr Yanukovych described events as a "coup" and vowed not to stand down.

Also on Saturday afternoon, prominent opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko was released from detention, hours after parliament authorised the move.

A BBC correspondent saw Tymoshenko driven away in a car after leaving a hospital in the eastern city of Kharkiv where she was being held under prison guard.

Source: BBC. Read full article. (link)

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  • Charles Hurst Author||

    Our own government might want to pay attention to Kiev.

    But this is an example of when they have had enough. Corruption has been rampant since the wall fell decades ago over there. There has been no hope for the future, rigged elections and off and on lawlessness.

    What makes anyone think this sort of unrest won’t happen here? Because when the economy finally collapses as the basic laws of economics and third grade math state it must that is when we will begin our spiral for Kiev to watch on television. What do you think we are going to act like when the plug is pulled and carpet yanked? Look what one hurricane did in Katrina.

    I’ve predicted what a fall and collapse will resemble in my fiction. An Apocalypse if you will. You want to know where I got my research? 1917 Russia. Ancient Rome. Cuba. And places like Kiev. People act pretty much the same under the same circumstances.

    Might want to think about it Barry. You too GOP. There is a little thing called the Second Amendment. People are starting to use a phrase that hasn’t been uttered for about 150 years. Would you like to know
    what those words are?

    Civil War.

    Just something to ponder Washington. And you better start thinking or my fiction may indeed become a reality.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE blog.

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  • JeremyR||

    From what it sounds like, they have to choose between corrupt politicians that favor Russia, and corrupt politicians that favor the EU. Yulia Tymoshenko doesn't seem like it's the answer for Ukraine...hopefully they have enough sense to elect someone else, instead of just replacing one crook with another.

  • Seamus||

    Well, it *is* a coup, isn't it? Under Article 111 of the Ukrainian constitution, removal of the president requires initiation of an impeachment process by parliamentary vote, then an investigation by "special temporary investigatory commission whose composition includes a special procurator and special investigators," a 2/3 vote of parliament to bring an accusation, and a 3/4 vote of on removal (but only after "after the review of the case by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the receipt of its opinion on the observance of the constitutional procedure of investigation and consideration of the case of impeachment, and the receipt of the opinion of the Supreme Court of Ukraine to the effect that th e acts, of which the President of Ukraine is accused, contain elements of state treason or other crime"). I don't remember reading anything about anyone jumping through any of these constitutional hoops other than the vote on removal itself.

    This is certainly more of a coup d'etat than what happened in Honduras in 2009 when that country's parliament *did* conform to the constitutional requirements for removal of the president, as a result of which the US government tried to make the new Honduran government an international pariah. So is our government going to denounce this coup as well?

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