The Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) is elected to represent the Ukrainian people. Those people have spoken for a better, more prosperous future, free from corruption. Clearly, former President Yanukovych lost the confidence of the Rada and Ukrainian people.
Mr Yanukovych abandoned his office and the country before fulfilling his commitments under the 21 February agreement. The former-President’s departure meant that parliament had to act. The 21 February agreement provided for a return to the 2004 Constitution. On 22 February the Rada voted to restore the 2004 constitution and to impeach the former President. The interim government, which was approved by an overwhelming majority in a free vote in the Rada, including representatives of Mr Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions, has: restored the 2004 Constitution; begun the process of constitutional reform; and scheduled Presidential elections.
We welcome the swift steps to appoint a new government of national unity which can rule Ukraine until Presidential elections in May.