Vital Political Bills Get Priority In Ukraine Parliament Over Tymoshenko's Nomination As Prime Minister

KIEV, Ukraine -- While the Ukrainian Parliament has calendared on Tuesday voting on Yulia Tymoshenko's nomination as prime minister, vital political bills get higher priority.

Parliament is scheduled to vote on Tymoshenko's nomination as PM on Tuesday, December 11th.

President Viktor Yushchenko, who nominated the popular female politician, asked the Parliament to tackle first pending bills that will stabilize the relations between the presidency and the state.

The bills include a revised bill on cabinet and the revision of a law that shifted some presidential powers to the prime minister and the coalition.

The shift caused a power struggle between President Yushchenko and resigned Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

Oleksandr Turchynov, the future prime minister's ally in Parliament, promised to pass the vital legislation first before voting on Ms. Tymonshenko.

He said, "If lawmakers feel like it, why not work on Saturday and Sunday?....The speaker of Parliament must do everything for the prime minister to be approved within five days."

Newly elected Speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk confirmed, "Voting on the prime minister's candidacy will take place regardless on Tuesday." He said if all nominations for cabinet posts are in on the same day, the new cabinet will also be confirmed on Tuesday.

Jockeying for cabinet posts is expected among members of the coalition.

Source: AHN News