Ukraine's Yushchenko Proposes Three-Party Coalition

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has proposed a three-party governing coalition as a solution to the country's political stalemate after almost three months of attempting to form a new government, it was announced Friday in Kiev.

President Viktor Yushchenko

According to former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, the president proposed that her bloc join with Yushchenko's Our Ukraine Party and the Party of Regions led by Viktor Yanukovich, which was previously in opposition.

Timoshenko however said the proposal was unacceptable to her.

After the Ukrainian elections in March, the Party of Regions came out the strongest followed by the Yulia Timoshenko Bloc, with the Our Ukraine Party in third place.

The president's party is taking two tracks in the search for a new government, speaking with Timoshenko and the Socialists about a new Orange coalition while at the same time holding negotiations with Yushchenko adversary Yanukovich.

The parties in Ukraine's unicameral parliament have until June 27 to agree upon a coalition.

Timoshenko recently announced her candidacy for president in the next elections on Ukrainian television.

Source: DPA