August 1, 2006

Ukraine leader mulling parliament dissolution

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is
planning to hold talks on Tuesday on procedures for dissolving
parliament, but dissolution would only be a last resort, his
press service said.

"The Ukrainian President plans today to hold consultations
with the Speaker, his deputy and heads of parliamentary
factions according to Article 90 of the Constitution of Ukraine
about dissolving parliament," his press service said in a

"The head of state stresses the importance of searching for
a compromise and understanding and sees his right to dissolve
parliament as his final argument," the statement said.

If Yushchenko does order the dissolution of parliament, it
could spark an unpredictable standoff with the opposition
majority in the chamber. They have said any dissolution would
be illegal and that they would ignore it.

A dissolution would mean that talks with parliament on
forming a coalition government had collapsed. Parliament has
been pressing Yushchenko to nominate his rival Viktor
Yanukovich as prime minister, something he is reluctant to do.

Yushchenko was planning to meet Yanukovich later on
Tuesday, the statement said.

(Reporting by Olena Horodetska)