So Ukraine is back to the 2004 Constitution and the Prime Minister will have more power?
But Parliament won't be re-elected till 2017. So Ukrainians have to depend on these very biddable MPs who are suddenly all for democracy whereas before they were for the Party of the Regions? And judging from their appearance on TV recently, they seem little better than titushki, with their scruffy clothes and brawling habits. Someone should tell them to watch Parliamentary debates elsewhere and learn something. Surely they could at least spend part of their bribes on a decent suit to wear?
Is the 2004 Constitution such a bargain? The President can no longer choose or dismiss the Prime Minister, but he still has considerable powers. A useful one is the right to dissolve Parliament and presumably call new elections, according to the Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe 2013 (via Wikipedia). I guess the new President could do that after May.
Does any of this matter while there is no conflict of interest being a lawmaker and a "biznesmen"? In any case, it is still the oligarchs who decide things behind the scenes. They are marginally in favour of being big fishes in the small(ish) pool of Ukraine compared with small fish in an enlarged Russia. They are marginally in favour of property rights now they have got something themselves to protect. Yanukovych was however just the most brutish of the lot. So the oligarchs will still be ruling how the lawmakers will vote, and probably even now the current lawmakers are going to the highest bidder, after their sudden flush of conscience about the killings of protestors.
Would a fresh election for Parliament a good idea? If a clean sweep is needed of all the old lawmakers (an oxymoron in Ukraine where there is no rule of law), where will the new ones come from? I guess since no one has much experience of operating a Parliament properly, let alone governing the country democratically, there is not much institutional memory lost in a clean sweep. But we are talking about a major behaviour change here, not just a change of personalities.
A long way to go before Maidan gets the Parliament it deserves.