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Tymoshenko's ruling coalition collapses

Latest update : 2010-03-02

The Ukrainian ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko collapsed on Tuesday, according to parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn. A new coalition must be formed within 30 days.

AFP - Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has lost her parliamentary majority, the speaker said Tuesday, giving new President Viktor Yanukovych a chance to form his own coalition or call snap polls.

Tymoshenko, narrowly defeated by Yanukovych in a run-off presidential election last month, had until now been able to claim a majority over her rival Yanukovych's Regions Party at the helm of a three-party coalition.

But her majority has now crumbled after a number of lawmakers switched their allegiance.

"As of today there is no coalition in parliament. Therefore I announce that the coalition has ceased to exist," Speaker Volodymr Lytvyn said.

Lytvyn's announcement means that according to the constitution, Ukraine's political leaders have 30 days to form a new coalition.

If they fail, Yanukovych can exercise his right to dissolve parliament and call early legislative elections that are not due until 2012.


 

Date created : 2010-03-02

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