Ukraine's Tymoshenko Bloc Doubtful Over Coalition Prospects

KIEV, Ukraine -- A representative of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc in Ukraine said Tuesday a three-party parliamentary coalition was unlikely to be established by June 7, when parliament resumes work after a two-week recess.

Yulia Tymoshenko

Ukraine's parliamentary life has been in limbo since elections on March 26 failed to produce a clear winner and negotiations on forming a coalition between the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc, Our Ukraine and the Socialist Party have been complicated over disagreements on who should be appointed prime minister.

"I doubt there'll be a coalition tomorrow," Oleksandr Turchinov told journalists.

Tymoshenko, the heroine of the 2004 "orange revolution" and President Viktor Yushchenko's first prime minister, is thought to be seeking a return to the office after she was fired after eight months in charge amid accusations of government corruption.

Turchinov said a Tuesday meeting between Yushchenko and the leaders of the would-be coalition would finally decide whether the coalition was possible.

On Monday, Roman Zvarych, a member of the pro-presidential Our Ukraine, said some 10 issues remained unresolved between the coalition participants, differences over Ukraine's accession to NATO and land sale being among them.

Yushchenko previously said a coalition agreement had to be signed before the first session of parliament. If parliamentarians fail to strike an agreement a month after the parliament starts work, the president is entitled to disband the legislature and call new elections.

Source: RIA Novosti