Viktor Yanukovych’s team is pressuring the Constitutional Court judges into ruling that the parliamentary coalition and government were formed constitutionally, claims Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the united democratic opposition.

"All the constitutional court judges appointed by parliament and the Congress of Judges have been individually called out by representatives of Yanukovych and told that either they pass a decision in violation of the Constitution that the coalition is legitimate, or they could face possible consequences," Yulia Tymoshenko said today during a briefing, according to the official website.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko, if a judge rules that the coalition and government were created constitutionally, he will get "a good pension and equally important job." The judges that refuse risk losing their jobs.

Moreover, Yulia Tymoshenko reported that "Viktor Yanukovych’s people have been told that by April 11, before his trip to the United States, the Constitutional Court must rule that the coalition and government are legitimate."

On March 11, President Viktor Yanukovych signed the amendments to the Law "On regulations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine," which stipulate that a parliamentary coalition can be formed by individual deputies, not just factions.

That very same day, the creation of a new coalition in the Verkhovna Rada was announced – the "Stability and Reforms" coalition that includes 235 deputies from the Party of Regions, Communist Party, Lytvyn Bloc, non-faction deputies, as well as representatives of other parliamentary factions.

However in September 2008, the Constitutional Court ruled that a parliamentary coalition can only be formed by factions and must include at least 226 deputies representing these factions.

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