Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 103

Both parliament and the prime minister in Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea are appealing to Kiev to intervene in their ongoing dispute. The presidium of Crimea’s Supreme Soviet has called on Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma to support its decision to dismiss Prime Minister Arkady Demydenko, while Demydenko has appealed to Kuchma to support him, as in earlier conflicts. Demydenko is also urging the Ukrainian parliament to expedite the passage of Crimea’s disputed constitution. Demydenko wants the powers of the Crimean parliament to be sharply reduced, both by cutting the length of its sessions and by stripping parliament of the power to appoint ministers. (UNIAN, May 23; Radio Ukraine World Service, May 24)

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