'Orange' coalition created in Ukraine

Ukraine's two pro-Western parties forged a majority coalition in parliament Thursday.

'Orange' coalition created in Ukraine
Ukraine's two pro-Western parties forged a majority coalition in parliament Thursday, a party spokesman said, paving the way for forming a government and raising hopes for an end to months of political turmoil.

President Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine-People's Self-defense bloc and the party led by Orange Revolution heroine Yulia Tymoshenko signed a coalition agreement and registered it at parliament, said Taras Pastushenko, a spokesman for Tymoshenko's bloc.

The agreement stipulates that Tymoshenko would return as prime minister, while Yushchenko's party gets to pick the parliament speaker. Lawmakers now have one month to form a Cabinet.

Ukrainian politics have been riven by a power struggle between Yushchenko — swept to power in the Orange Revolution street protests against election fraud — and Premier Viktor Yanukovych, who was his bitter rival in the 2004 presidential vote that sparked the demonstrations.

Yanukovych lost to Yushchenko in a court-ordered rerun of the elections. But he rebounded in 2006 when his party got the largest share of votes in parliamentary elections and he became prime minister.

Yushchenko has accused Yanukovych this year of attempting an illegal power grab and called new elections, which were held in September. The parties of Yushchenko and Tymoshenko together got more votes than Yanukovych's.

Tymoshenko was the first prime minister of Yushchenko's presidency, but he dismissed her after seven months amid mutual allegations of corruption.


Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Kasım 2007, 15:36
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