By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
Dr. Vitali Klitschko, the recently retired world heavyweight champion, fought for his life in the boxing ring.
Vitali Klitschko is now fighting for his life in the political arena, a ring without ropes. Klitschko’s plight is much like that of the late former world middleweight champion Dick Tiger, who fought in rebellion as a member of the Igbo people who formed a secessionist state in southeast Nigeria from 1967 to 1970 in the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War, which cost the deaths of a million inhabitants, before agreeing to a ceasefire. The late Alexis Arguello fought as a rebel against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. Arguello subsequently became a vice-mayor and mayor of the capital city Managua, after a peace agreement was reached with the Sandinistas, but died under questionable circumstances in 2009.
Protesters remain fighting on the streets of Kiev in a state of civil war, demanding the resignation of the president. Further talks will be required to end the violent protests.
Police opened fire early Thursday after protesters tried to push them away from the makeshift camps they occupy in central Kiev. At least 77 people have been killed since Tuesday, and another 577 were injured, as the bloody unrest in Klitschko’s Ukraine continues.
The political crisis in Ukraine has achieved a partial victory in a deal signed by Dr. Vitali Klitschko and opposition leaders with the present government, providing for a national unity government to be created, electoral reform and constitutional changes which will significantly reduce presidential powers. German and Polish foreign leaders met with protest leaders, and it was agreed the 2004 constitution will be restored within 48 hours, and the national unity government be created within ten days.
Constitutional reform balancing the powers of the president, government and parliament will be started immediately and completed by September 2014. A new constitution will be adopted, and Presidential election will be held no later than December 2014, and new electoral laws will be passed. No state of emergency will be declared, and both the authorities and the opposition will be refrain to violence.
Parliament also approved amnesty for all protesters involved in revolutionary violence, and voted for the dismissal of Interior Minister Vitali Zakharchenko. Legislators also voted for a change in the law which could lead to the release of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the archrival of President Yanukovych, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2010. She was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2011 for a reason stated as ‘abuse of power’. The political opposition says say President Yanukovych imprisoned her to take out his most powerful political opponent. Parliament voted 310-54 to decriminalize the count under which she is imprisoned, meaning she is no longer guilty of a criminal offense, and making her release imminent.