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No Yushchenko impeachment talk after court ruling - Rada speaker

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The Ukrainian parliament will not consider the impeachment of President Viktor Yushchenko if the Constitutional Court rules his decision on parliament's dissolution illegal, the Supreme Rada speaker said Thursday.
STRASBOURG, April 19 (RIA Novosti) - The Ukrainian parliament will not consider the impeachment of President Viktor Yushchenko if the Constitutional Court rules his decision on parliament's dissolution illegal, the Supreme Rada speaker said Thursday.

"If the Constitutional Court decides that the decree [on parliament's dissolution] is unconstitutional, I think the president will abide by this decision, and I believe the parliament will not consider this [the impeachment] issue," Oleksandr Moroz told a news conference in Strasbourg.

Judges said Wednesday it would take about 10 days to assess the legitimacy of the presidential order contested by the legislature, which has continued work since the April 2 presidential decree.

Both Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, locked in a long-running power struggle, have pledged to obey any court decision and have not ruled out a compromise on an election date.

But the opposition led by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Yushchenko's fierce ally in the 2004 protests that swept him to power, urged a non-stop rally Wednesday to demand early polls without waiting for a decision by the court, which she accused of political bias and corruption.

The Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg asked the European body Thursday for help in tackling the crisis gripping the ex-Soviet state.

At an urgent debate on the crisis Thursday, PACE urged dialogue and compliance with a Constitutional Court decision, but criticized Ukraine's power bodies for corruption and restriction of the opposition.

The Supreme Rada speaker also ruled out a military resolution of the current political crisis in Ukraine.

"I am absolutely sure it will never happen in Ukraine," Moroz said, echoing similar statement earlier made by Yushchenko and Yanukovych.

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