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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yushchenko Threatened With Impeachment

KIEV — A senior lawmaker in Ukraine's pro-Russian parliamentary majority on Monday threatened Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko with impeachment if he called new elections, again raising the stakes in the country's political crisis.

Taras Chornovil of the Party of Regions expressed his party's impatience over the political turmoil that has gripped Ukraine since March elections, in which the Party of Regions, led by Viktor Yanukovych, trounced the pro-Western reformers who had led the 2004 Orange Revolution.

The Party of Regions formed a majority coalition with the Socialists and Communists earlier this month, and nominated Yanukovych to be prime minister. But Yushchenko, who faces a Wednesday deadline to act on the nomination, dislikes the idea of working with his old opponent Yanukovych.

Chornovil warned that if Yushchenko called new elections, he could be putting his own job at risk. Opinion polls suggest the Party of Regions could score a big win in a repeat election, and Chornovil said if the party managed to put together a 300-seat constitutional majority in a newly elected parliament, they would push for impeachment.

Also Monday, Yushchenko met with Yanukovych, who appeared more conciliatory, suggesting cooperation was still possible. Yushchenko wants Yanukovych to sign an accord saying he agrees with the president's pro-Western and reformist policy goals.