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Press secretary: Tymoshenko vacates premier's post

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March 4, 2010, 6:51 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Yulia Tymoshenko has resigned from the post of prime minister of Ukraine, Tymoshenko's press secretary Maryna Soroka has said. "The prime minister has not gone on leave - she has resigned," Soroka told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday, commenting on a statement by deputy head of presidential administration Hanna Herman that Yulia Timoshenko's vacation will cost Ukraine around Hr 20,000.

The press secretary described this statement as untrue.

Ukraine's Acting Vice-Premier Hryhoriy Nemyria said at a press conference on Thursday that Acting Premier Yulia Tymoshenko was on a short-term leave.

The media liaisons office of the government's secretariat said on Thursday that First Vice Premier Oleksandr Turchynov had been empowered to fulfill the premier's duties until a new government is formed.

Ukraine's parliament ousted Tymoshenko's government in a vote of no confidence on March 3.
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Anonymous March 4, 2010, 7:52 p.m.    

Hanna Herman lied??? Are you surprised? Its not the first time.

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Anonymous March 4, 2010, 8:38 p.m.    

Before Yanukovich, under the government of Victor &quot;5%&quot; Yushcenko and Yulia &quot;I Am a Just a Penniless Working Woman&quot; Tymoshenko, were in power. So let's answer these questions:

HAS YOUR SALARY GONE UP? No and in fact, under this dynamic duo, it went way way down.

HAS YOUR PENSION GONE UP? Are you kidding? These two were busily robbing the treasury to line their own pockets.

ARE YOU INDEPENDENT FROM MOSCOW? The country has taken it own course of action independent of Moscow and will continue to do so.

HAS THE IMF RELEASED THE LOAN? The loan was frozen before the election - blame 5% and the penniless working woman for this disaster.

HAS THE EU ADMITTED YOU? This was the great goal of Mr. 5% - did he succeed? No, and he made it even worse with his dubious actions in the last days of his incompetent presidency.

HAS YOUR ECONOMY IMPROVED? Under these two disasters it became much worse. So who is to blame?

HAS YOUR CURRENCY INCREASED IN VALUE? Did it under the prior regime? They were the ones who had the chance to do something for the country and screwed it all up royally.

HAS YOUR STANDARD OF LIVING IMPROVED? Ditto.

MAYBE TOO EARLY TO ASK. Yes, it is much too early to ask but not too early to look back and assign the real blame for the present state of affairs.

As for a year from now, there really is not much hope even from my point of view. They are all criminals and will steal only for their own good.

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Anonymous March 4, 2010, 9:10 p.m.    

So Tymoshenko is out.

Let's see if Yanukovych and his cronies can do any better.

Expect to see political pay offs as Yanukovych consolidates his power.

Expect to see curbing of free speech, stifling of the 'free' press.

I wouldn't be surprise the Rada will enhance the power of the Presidency and extend its term.

... move over Belarus.

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Anonymous March 5, 2010, 2:39 a.m.    

u sound like an old record,, u r a mental mess

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Anonymous March 5, 2010, 6:41 a.m.    

Let it be confirmed my salary has gone up. Since Yanocovytch was elected everything has improved for me. Does it count if I don't live in the Ukraine?

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Anonymous March 5, 2010, 6:38 a.m.    

I see Yano is quickly doing things like getting rid of the constitution.

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