February 25, 2014

Caspian Report: Legitimacy of Ukraine's new government

Video Title: Legitimacy of Ukraine's new government. Source: Caspian Report. Date Published: February 25, 2014. Description:
It has been a very busy few days for Ukraine's parliament. They just reinstated the 2004 constitution, which basicly turns Ukraine back to a parliamentary system rather than a presidential one. The parliament also appointed a new interior minister and speaker of the parliament (both which are part of the Fatherland Party, led by the recently freed Yulia Tymoshenko), and now the parliament is moving to impeach measures against former President, Viktor Yanukovych. Or should I say current president? Because even before the impeachment proces started, the parliament dismissed Yanukovych, on grounds that he was incapable of fulfilling his presidential duties. This is very dubious because technically speaking such a charge does not exist in Ukraine's constitution. Im not defending the legitimacy of Yanukovych, but the parliament simply bypassed the entire impeachment proces and thus acted against their own constitution, therefore one can argue whether this was a coup or not.
Quote from the video:
"Again, I want to point out that I'm not defending Yanukovych. He himself bypassed a list of procedures in his presidency. He used state revenues to buy out private companies and then just gave them away to family members and friends. It is estimated that he stole at least $13 billion dollars from the national treasury. Perhaps Yanukovych believed he could manipulate the impeachment process by bribing the judges and the investigation commission, and quietly leave the stage. After all, he had done it before. Yanukovych basically turned a democratic state into a bankrupt autocracy by promoting corruption. So I have no sympathies to the man. But, I just thought you should know that for better, or worse, this was technically a coup.

I think the fact that the mainstream media has failed to even mention this essential piece of information just shows how uninformed most of these enterprises really are. All they care about is ratings. And the ratings lie with taking emotional pictures, filming riots. People are simply not appealed by boring constitutional amendments. And this is why there is a gap between the reality and what's portrayed in the media."