Yushchenko May Nominate Tymoshenko For Premier - Interior Minister

LVIV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is inclined to send the candidacy of Yulia Tymoshenko for the position of Ukrainian prime minister to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukrainian Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko said.

Viktor Yushchenko (L) and Yulia Tymoshenko in better days

"Judging by my meeting with the president, he leans towards nominating Yulia [Tymoshenko] for the position of prime minister,' the minister told journalists on Saturday in Lviv.

Speaking about Tymoshenko's chances to be approved, he said that "whether Tymoshenko becomes prime minister depends solely on her. If she succeeds not to turn friends into foes, she will become prime minister."

"However, she needs to stop insulting politicians from the Orange team she dislikes in public. The most irritating thing is that [Petro] Poroshenko has 20 supporters in the parliament and it is not wise to regularly refer to him as the main foe and a threat to Ukraine's democracy," Lutsenko said.

Lutsenko also expressed hope that next week "will show how well MPs are able to reach agreement".

Lutsenko did not exclude other options in the formation of a coalition. "If the parliament fails to back Tymoshenko, and I do not want this to happen, because this would be very negative for Ukrainian politics, we could expect the parliament to search for new variants," the interior minister said.

Source: Interfax