Ukraine's Opposition Bows To "Anti-Crisis" Coalition Reality

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's opposition parties have recognized the legitimacy of the new "anti-crisis" coalition, opposition leaders said following a session of the conciliatory commission in parliament Monday.

Yulia Tymoshenko

The anti-crisis coalition of the pro-Russia Party of Regions, the Communists and Socialists was formed July 7 and will begin work Tuesday, said representatives of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and pro-presidential Our Ukraine, now in opposition.

The previous coalition deal between the West-leaning trio of the Tymoshenko Bloc, Our Ukraine and the Socialists signed June 22 will expire in the early hours of Tuesday. It will give way to the new "anti-crisis" coalition that the Tymoshenko Bloc and Our Ukraine had opposed and even questioned its legitimacy in court.

Roman Bezsmertniy of Our Ukraine said the new "anti-crisis" coalition deal would formally come into effect Tuesday and its members would be responsible for the formation of a government and the situation in the country.

Oleksandr Turchinov of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc echoed his colleague from Our Ukraine: "Only tomorrow will the coalition of democratic forces cease to exist and only tomorrow will the new coalition become legal."

At the conciliatory session, the sides agreed to set up a working group that will distribute committees between the coalition and the opposition in the 450-seat legislature.

Petro Symonenko, the Communist leader, said that the opposition (210 seats) had been offered 11 out of 26 committees but added that neither of the opposition parties had submitted their candidates to the committees yet.

Source: RIA Novosti