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Update: Tymoshenko says dissolution of parliamentary coalition illegal

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March 2, 2010, 3:36 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

"The coalition was disbanded illegally," Tymoshenko said.

The resolution about the termination of activities of the coalition in the Verkhovna Rada has no judicial force, said Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. "The coalition was disbanded illegally," she said at a briefing in Kyiv on Mar. 2.

Tymoshenko 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 premier reiterated that the coalition and the Cabinet could have become an obstacle to all actions unacceptable for the normal development of the country. "It was essentially the last bastion, which we should have defended if we had wanted to defend our independence," she said.

Tymoshenko blamed the destruction of the coalition on the Lytvyn Bloc and "Our Ukraine, including the leader of Our Ukraine who announced the position of the faction."

"I think it's really an historical responsibility. Further, we will clearly see that the country has been lost," she said.
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