Ukraine in constitutional crisis

Ukraine flagUkraine’s newly elected president has been unable to muster a coalition in parliament to replace the prime minister whom he defeated for the presidency.  The president’s party is trying to change the law to make coalition forming easier, which the ex-PM’s party calls a “constitutional coup d’etat.”  Ukraine expert Tammy Lynch from BU’s Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology & Policy, says the country is at a crossroads.

“Reverting to a system that undermines parties and blocs would reverse Ukraine’s democratic development significantly.  All parliamentary structure could be destroyed — and, given the number of millionaires and billionaires in Ukraine’s parliament, they have plenty of money to get whatever they want done.”

Contact Tammy Lynch, 617-353-5815, tammymlynch@hotmail.com

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