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    Ukrainian PM Criticizes Destruction of Coalition


    by NTDTelevision

    Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko attacked the country's parliament for allowing her coalition to collapse.

    The fiery co-architect of the pro-Western Orange Revolution of 2004, remains in office, but faces a vote of no confidence in her government, as her rival Viktor Yanukovich goes through the steps of consolidating his grip on power.

    Tymoshenko - who has refused to recognize Ukraine's newly elected President Yanukovich - lashed out at her former allies in parliament.

    [Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian Prime Minister]:
    “The parliament illegally destroyed our democratic coalition. I think everybody knows that this democratic coalition was destroyed illegally. There are a certain number of events, which can already be described and analyzed as falsifications.”

    Yanukovich's victory over Tymoshenko in a February 7 run-off presidential election is expected to tilt the country of 46 million people back towards Russia, after years of infighting between the Orange revolutionaries.

    Ukraine desperately needs political stability to tackle a debilitating economic crisis that saw its GDP contract by 15 percent last year. The country also needs to restart talks with the International Monetary Fund on a US$16.4 billion bailout package.

    Both a formal announcement of the collapse of the coalition and a motion of no confidence in the government have to occur for Yanukovich's supporters to begin the difficult process of creating a new government.

    [Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian Prime Minister]:
    “First the presidential elections, and secondly the false collapse of our coalition today. I think in the nearby future we will see the false creation of a new coalition, in spite of our constitution and the Ukrainian laws”

    The collapse of the coalition indicates that the no-confidence vote will pass if coalition members, who refused to submit their signatures, vote with Yanukovich loyalists.