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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Speaker Promises to Defy Any Decree to Dissolve Parliament

APYanukovych going to his seat after speaking in the parliament on Tuesday.
KIEV -- Ukraine's parliament will disobey any decree from President Viktor Yushchenko to dissolve it, the speaker said Tuesday, setting the stage for a constitutional crisis if Yushchenko exercises his right to call new elections.

Yushchenko on Tuesday acquired the right to dissolve the parliament -- an option he says he may use to stop the opposition majority in the chamber forcing him to accept rival Viktor Yanukovych as prime minister.

Observers say the most likely outcome is that Yushchenko will eventually back down and nominate Yanukovych for the post of prime minister. Until then, both sides are playing brinkmanship to strengthen their hand in an eventual deal, analysts say.

"Even assuming that an illegal decree dissolving the parliament is issued, the parliament would not obey," Moroz said late Monday on Ukrainian national television. "Let us remember Russia in 1993, when hundreds of people died as a result of political intrigues. That would be a disgrace for the country."

Yushchenko at midnight Monday acquired the right to dissolve the parliament after it failed to form a government within the 60-day deadline set out in the Constitution.

Yushchenko will hold crisis talks with parliamentary leaders at his residence on Wednesday, Moroz told an emergency session of the parliament.

Yanukovych urged the president to let him take office. "We should show ... wisdom and forget about our differences," he said in the parliament, adding: "There are certain forces that are trying to provoke a civil conflict."