Ukrainian Premier Tymoshenko Voted Out Of Power

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's coalition Cabinet on Wednesday failed to survive a no-confidence motion in the Parliament paving the way for the downfall of her pro-Western government.

Ousted PM Yulia Tymoshenko

As many as 243 members in the 450-seat chamber voted in favor of a no-confidence resolution moved against the coalition Cabinet by President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions.

The outcome is a double blow for the 49-year-old blonde leader who lost to Yanukovych in last month's Presidential race.

On the other side, the development clears the way for a new government committed to the policy programs of Yanukovych, who is trying to demonstrate that he will balance relations with Moscow and the West and his commitment to developing relations with Europe.

Tymoshenko, who boycotted Yanukovich's inaugural speech in the Parliament Tuesday, said a democratic coalition and a democratic government continued to exist in Ukraine despite "the rigged presidential elections and the clear anti-Ukrainian position of Yanukovych's policy."

The country's political factions will have to form a coalition within 30 days and form an alternative government before 60 days.

Reports say Ukraine's political parties are most likely to group around Yanukovych's Party of Regions. However, if the President is convinced that the government formation chances are less, he will disband Parliament and call for snap elections.

As per the constitution, Tymoshenko and her Cabinet would remain as care-taker government until a new Cabinet replaces them.

But she told Parliament before the voting that the moment the resolution was passed, her government would resign. "Our political force will cross into the Opposition," she added.

Mykola Azarov, a former Finance Minister and a probable candidate for the Prime Minister's post, told reporters that talks on forming a new coalition would be finalized within days.

Source: RTT News