Yushchenko Calls For 'Orange Coalition' In Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine -- President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine came out at the weekend in favour of a pro-western "Orange" coalition with his former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, breaking a week of silence on the issue since his centre-right Our Ukraine movement suffered a humiliating defeat in March 26 parliamentary elections.

The charming Ms Tymoshenko

Mr Yushchenko stopped short of endorsing Ms Tymoshenko's bid to be prime minister, saying the prospective coalition members should first agree on the outlines of a joint programme before discussing the division of seats.

He said the programme should be based on the 10-point platform adopted by Ms Tymoshenko's previous cabinet last year - a suggestion her campaign team welcomed.

Ms Tymoshenko was sacked as prime minister last September after she and Mr Yushchenko argued over policy and patronage.

"The president is convinced that in the near days the political forces which stood together on [Kiev's central square during the Orange Revolution] will reach an understanding and propose the basis for a coalition," Mr Yushchenko's spokesman said.

Mr Yushchenko's comments damped speculation that he might enter a coalition with the pro-Russian Regions party, which came first in the election but did not win an absolute majority. It has argued that a Regions-Our Ukraine cabinet would be better for economic growth and would help heal the divide between pro-western and pro-Russian camps.

Instead, the president gave a green light to pro-western groups to rebuild the three-member coalition that governed Ukraine from February to September last year, without committing himself to supporting Ms Tymoshenko. Her bloc, which came second in the vote, would in any case be the dominant coalition member, with 129 seats to Our Ukraine's 81 and the Socialists with 33.

Hryhory Nemyria, an aide to Ms Tymoshenko, said Mr Yushchenko's comments indicated the president had "reconciled himself" to an Orange coalition and that he would support socially oriented economic policies, which made up a large part of the 10-point platform adopted last year.

However, Mr Nemyria called on Mr Yushchenko to take a clear position in support of Ms Tymoshenko's return and lean on Our Ukraine members to fall in line. Mr Nemyria said there was still a risk of repeat elections if the coalition proved unable to appoint a cabinet after parliament opens session in May.

The Orange parties' total of 243 seats out of parliament's 450 makes for a fragile majority, and some Our Ukraine members are threatening to desert unless Ms Tymoshenko gives up her bid for prime minister.

Petro Poroshenko, a businessman and influential Our Ukraine member who clashed with Ms Tymoshenko during her term last year, said on television that Our Ukraine should hold out for the prime ministerial position or force new elections.

Source: Financial Times

Comments

Anonymous said…
ORANGE REVOLUTION GEIVE A HOPE TO PEOPLE FOR A BETTER FUTURE. BUT WHAT HERTS NOW THAT ALL POLITISHIANS CONCENTRAYTING ON GETTING TO A POWER. INCLUDING TIMOSHENKO & YUSHCHENKO ( THATS HOW IT LOOKS ANY WAY) THEY DONT CARE ANY MORE ABOUT PROSPERITY OF A COUNTRY. SHEIM TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!INSTEAD OF TRYING TO SOLVE A PROBLEM THEY ARGU ON WHO IS RIGHT AND WHO IS WRONG!
Anonymous said…
It seems tome that the Ukraine situation always de-evolves into Russian camp/Western camp. I think that anyone who loves Russia so much should haul their sorry arses back to Russia. and if anyone loves the West so much they should haul their sorry arses to a western country. then their would only be left those people whom love Ukraine and to operate as Ukriane the independant state instead of A Pawn of some other power. Politicians are servants of the people. They had better get that down thier throats pretyy quick or they will pay for it politically in the long run, and that includes everyone whos been acting like children.
Good day.