Ukrainian PM to Ally With President in Parliamentary Polls

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said Saturday that she will stand alongside President Viktor Yushchenko instead of being his rival in the parliamentary elections in 2006.

Tymoshenko told a press conference in the city of Simferopol that she is a member of the president's camp and has no intention to compete with him, according to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

Either her or the president's prestige will add to the prestige of the president's camp as a whole, and the enhancement of either's prestige will help propel the country's political reforms, she said.

"I want to compete against nobody. I know my position and know what I should do and how to do it," she said.

Ukraine plans to hold parliamentary elections in March 2006. Political parties are actively preparing for the polls and forming their own alliances.

Source: Xinhua