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Tigipko ready to become prime minister under Yanukovych

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Feb. 12, 2010, 1:01 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukrainian businessman and former presidential candidate Sergiy Tigipko has said he will agree to become Ukraine's next prime minister if Victor Yanukovych offers him the post. "There will be no big effort on my side - only give an opportunity to conduct reforms. We will see if such an offer is made or not. Everything depends on Victor Yanukovych here," Tigipko said in an interview published in the Feb. 12 edition of the Segodnya newspaper.

Tigipko also said he has already congratulated Yanukovych, who was announced the winner of the second round of Ukraine's presidential election.

"We met on Tuesday and I congratulated him on the outcome - not yet on victory as there have been no official results from the Central Elections Commission yet," he said.

Before last Sunday's second round of voting, Tigipko said he would not call on his supporters to vote for any either candidate in the run-off poll between Yanukovych and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. He also said he would agree to become prime minister under the president whose program is close to him.
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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 3:10 p.m.    

There is no doubt that if Tigipko is willing to take the PM job and support can be found in Parliament for his candidacy, he ought to be nominated. PoR should agree to this for the good of the country.

But first, Yanukovich needs to find the votes to fire Tymoshenko.

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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 3:26 p.m.    

Imho Tigipko should wait another 5 years, work as honestly as possible in opposition and then have another try as a presidential candidate.

Yanukovych/POR is as incompetent/corrupt as Tymoshenko/BYUT and if Tigipko joins some oligarch backed kleptocrats he will lose also the goodwill of the population.

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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 3:32 p.m.    

Believe me, Tigipko will be in opposition for most of the 5 years, since if he takes the PM job now, PoR will use him to raise gas prices and then fire him within the first year. Which, by the way, would be very politically beneficial for him.

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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 4:37 p.m.    

Ahh, I see you know the chess game in this country :)

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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 5:09 p.m.    

maybe Timoshenko will negotiate a deal to keep the pm job.but i read that today she is still demanding recounts and that there was massive fraud.what gives? I dont understand

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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 6:33 p.m.    

Tigipko is a slippery guy. THe fact is that he did give his support BEFORE the election to Yanukovich so he does not deserve the PM post. HIs loyalty is questioning.

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