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Yushchenko team unveils sinister plans for declaring state of emergency

Speaking live on the popular 5th TV Kanal Nov. 6, the secretary of the national security and defense council, NSDC, Rayisa Bohatyryova, said the number of flue victims is so large it may be necessary to declare the state of emergence to effectively deal with the outbreak. [According to the health ministry, as of Nov. 5, there were 13 cases of the swine flue by a London lab. The number of Ukrainian who died from all kinds of flue and cold stands at about 100, or fewer than in 2008 – Ed.].

The constitution gives enough legal ground for Yushchenko to declare the emergency, Bohatyryova claimed.

 

As the country’s politicians cannot join their forced to combat the flue epidemic, the state of emergency may help to do this, Bohatyryova continued. All the causes of why Ukraine found itself amid the flue hurricane must be investigated and perpetrators be brought to account. But the punishment can come later. Not it is important to help the population and not to sow panic, the official summed up.

Another Yushchenko insider, his deputy chief of staff Ihor Popov believes the uncontrolled swine flue epidemic is a good enough reason for putting off the presidential election till May 30, Popov writes in his article “Elections lead to swine scenario” published by the Ukrayinska Pravda.

 

The flue outbreak has radically changed the course of presidential campaigning in Ukraine. It affected campaign priorities, played havoc with campaign plans, leading candidates’ teams to revise spin tactics to hype their candidates, Popov said.

 

In his opinion, the outbreak in Ukraine was quite timely, as without all the hubbub and rhetoric about the flue the ratings of presidential candidates would not have changed even by Feb. 7. It is the full-sized epidemic, when all Ukrainians are involved with their emotions and panic, that can affect the voting results, the official claimed.

 

Popov ruled out the purposeful nature of the outbreak. “Experts proved that the epidemic is here and it will take more than a week to deal with it. Unfortunately, we missed the start of the epidemic, as we did the financial crisis,” Popov noted.

 

Popov then listed benefits from the state of emergency, saying it will allow to control the distribution of drugs with the help of interior troops, enforce the ban on mass rallies, ensure implementation of decisions by the NSDC and minimize declarations by politicians regarding the flue handling. Also, the vertical chain of staffs set up as a result of declaring the state of emergency will curb red-tape and competition of ministries.

 

“I hope, the cabinet will be able to deal with the epidemic without declaring the state of emergency. However, if the virus and panic are not brought to heel, the head of the government will be faced with a serious dilemma,” he warned.

 

“If the state of emergency is declared for 2 months, the new date for presidential election can fall on May 30 to coincide with local elections, something which will save the country a billion hryvnia. Double elections will complicate the work of election commissions but we have to save in the recession,” Popov stressed.

Comments 4
  • UkrToday 11 November 2009 14:31
    The right thing is to hold an election without delay. 21,000 people die each year in the US from flu related illness.

    There is no justification or merit behind declaring a state of emergency or deferring the Presidential election.

    --- QUOTE from foreign notes (Copy also published on Ukr Pravda---

    Tonight president Yushchenko made a stutteringly delivered, alarmist, outrageous address to the nation in which he blames PM Tymoshenko, parliamentary leaders, and leaders of the opposition for inactivity when they were supposedly already aware of the flu epidemic taking a grip of the Western parts of the country.

    Without providing any medical evidence, he claims that in Ukraine new hybrid strains of flu are beginning to materialise.

    In particular, he blames his main political rivals in the presidential campaign of organising large rallies in Kyiv on 24th October, by which time 10 victims had died of flu-like illnesses in the town of Ternopil. [Whether these deaths were due to swine flu, or the seasonal flu, whether the victims had underlying medical conditions, whether they were children or adults, all quite significant in swine flu outbreaks, he does not say.]

    Quite scandalously he suggests: "This is directly reminiscent of the Mayday parade in Kyiv [several days] after the [nuclear] accident in Chernobil [when the city had been showered with nuclear material]."

    But most worryingly, he declares: "It is necessary to change the system of organisation of state authority in Ukraine...The principal centre of decision-making should be the National Security and Defence Council, [which he heads, naturally]

    LEvko's prescription: He should lie down in a quiet room, take some deep breaths, cold towel on his forehead, have a sip of herbal tea..with honey. Or the men in white coats may be coming for him soon too...

    Serious US commentators consider the tough measures undertaken by the Ukrainian government to combat the flu outbreak to be excessive, and warn against politicisation of this health problem. 'Der Spiegel' suspects the sudden concern by Ukraine's politicians for the health of its citizens could just be electioneering. And the pesky swine flu virus may be not as tough as first thought...

    P.s. The World Health Organisation yesterday reported: "Regions in western Ukraine continue to show the highest rates of acute respiratory illness/influenza-like illness. The level of activity in the Kyiv area is also increasing rapidly."

    If the president is so concerned about the spread of flu at mass meetings then why oh why did he not use his powers to postpone or cancel tonight's European Champion's League soccer game in Kyiv? [Doh! Never thought of that!]

    The WHO report "strongly recommends early treatment with the antiviral drugs", [which are currently in worryingly short supply in Ukraine], but also says: "Given the potential significance of this outbreak as an early warning signal, WHO commends the government of Ukraine for its transparent reporting and open sharing of samples. WHO continues to recommend no closing of borders and no restrictions on international travel, including to Ukraine. Experience shows that such measures will not stop further spread of the virus."
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  • ruslana 9 November 2009 18:21
    why should the parliament jeopardize the lives of people all because a so called election?the declaration of the state of emergency will save the exposure of people outside and save the lives of people that will vote for the election,because without the people,there is no need for government .i think the what the government should have in mind is the lives of the people as there number one priority not their political selfish desire.do what is right and we will support the government anytime any day.
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  • KP 9 November 2009 15:11
    Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has said there are no reasons to introduce a state of emergency in Ukraine due to the flu epidemic.

    He said this on Channel 5 on Sunday night.

    When asked about the need to introduce a state of emergency in Ukraine, Yushchenko said "There is no such need."

    The head of state said that he doesn't want the country to freeze, to impose restrictions on its life.

    Yushchenko noted that the government and the local authorities should take adequate steps to respond flu epidemic and that the regions should not be at a standstill.

    All the restrictions should be used very carefully, the president said.
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  • UkrToday 9 November 2009 15:02
    Kyivpost is reporting Yushchenko November 9 at 00:20 as saying that he will not be declaring a state of emergency or delaying the Presidential election. WHO is lying to WHO?

    If the election is delayed then the Parliament MUST act to ensure that Yushchenko is replaced come January 23 when his five year term of office expires.

    Yushchenko who has less then 4% support will not be re-elected to a second term of office. any attempt by the President or his hand selected advisers to prolong his term of office beyond five years MUST not be allowed to occur.

    If need be Yushchenko should be impeached and Lytvn take over and care taker President until such time that elections can be held.

    Better still allow the parliament to elect a new head of state as is the case in Moldova, Greece and even the EU.

    The while notion of a direct election of a president at a cost of 1 billion dollars is obscene and should not be allowed to exist. There are more preferable and accept democratic alternatives.
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