Yanukovych won't nominate Tymoshenko for prime minister if elected president

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Dec. 9, 2009, 2:46 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Victor Yanukovych does not see Yulia Tymoshenko as a potential candidate for prime minister if he wins the election.

Moscow, December 9 (Interfax) - Victor Yanukovych, the leader of the Party of Regions of Ukraine and frontrunner in the upcoming presidential election campaign, has said he does not see Yulia Tymoshenko as a potential candidate for prime minister if he wins the election scheduled for Jan. 17, 2010. "She has her own program, and I do not think that she would agree to implement somebody else's. And what is even more important, even if she agrees, I won't believe her," Yanukovych said in an interview published in Wednesday's issue of Kommersant.

"President [Viktor] Yuschenko believed her twice, and she deceived him," he said.

"I don't and can't have any confidence in Tymoshenko," Yanukovych said.

He also said he was sure that there would be no revote in the 2010 elections similar to what happened in 2004, when Viktor Yuschenko won the elections in a revote following the second round.

"I am sure that the people will not gather at Maidan [the central square in Kyiv] once again," Yanukovych said.

"And I am sure there will be no third round in 2010," he added.

Asked whether he would insist on revising the gas contracts with Russia if elected president, Yanukovych said, "I will answer briefly: I am sure we will revisit this issue."
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