Ukraine Opposition Plans To Oust Current Government

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's outspoken opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, said Wednesday her eponymous bloc and pro-presidential faction Our Ukraine will announce plans to sack the government led by Viktor Yanukovych.

Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko

Opposition in the Ukrainian parliament is consolidating efforts in the struggle between the pro-presidential and pro-premier factions which over the past six months has seen several ministers appointed by President Viktor Yushchenko and then dismissed by the Supreme Rada.

"I think we [Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko and Our Ukraine] will be able either on Thursday or Friday to propose a solid algorithm outlining the ways to oust those who are destroying our country every day," said Tymoshenko, a key figure in the 2004 'orange revolution' that brought to power the Western-leaning president.

Opposition factions demand an urgent discussion of draft laws on pension and salary increases and on controlled rise in tariffs for housing and communal services.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, deputies from the Yanukovych's Party of Regions blocked access to the podium at the Supreme Rada in order to prevent opposition members from interrupting the current session.

Source: RIA Novosti