13:44 19.05.2009

Baloha says Yuschenko has no moral right to run for president again

Presidential Secretariat Head Viktor Baloha has said he has resigned from his post as he is totally against President Viktor Yuschenko's decision to run for president for a second term.

"I'm confident that you have no moral right to participate in the presidential elections. I'm not your supporter here," he said in a statement made available from the United Center party's press service to Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.

The second reason behind the resignation is nepotism, he said.

"You don't care that your team is erodeing the state and authorities like corrosion. When I reported blatant instances to you, you pretended that you didn't hear me," the statement reads.

Baloha also said in the statement that Yuschenko and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko should resign.

The former official also raised the issue of Yuschenko's responsibility for Ukrainian authorities being torn by conflicts and crises during the years of his rule.

"You've never been seen as a partner by any authorities or political force. The snap Verkhovna Rada election in 2007 gave a chance to reach a political compromise and stabilize the authorities. You didn't use the chance. You nominated Tymoshenko for prime minister for the second time after her candidacy was a failure. The country won't recover soon from the consequences of your decision," Baloha said.

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