Ukraine parliament votes out Tymoshenko's government

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March 3, 2010, 2:51 p.m. | Ukraine — by Reuters


Ukraine's parliament dismissed the government of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Mar. 3, handing arch rival President Victor Yanukovych the difficult task of stitching together a new ruling coalition. Deputies passed a motion of no confidence in Tymoshenko's administration, with 243 voting in favour out of the 450 in the chamber.

The fall of the government came almost a month after Yanukovych defeated Tymoshenko in a bitter presidential run-off, a narrow victory that has yet to restore much-needed stability.

Yanukovych's Regions Party will now seek to form its own coalition within 30 days and a government within 60, or face a snap parliamentary election.

The president's party is currently the biggest bloc in the chamber with 171 seats but is well short of the required 226 majority.

Even if Yanukovych succeeds in stitching together a coalition, the fractious nature of Ukraine's parliament and the limited powers of the presidency mean that the country -- split between a Russia-leaning east and south and a Western-friendly west and centre -- could yet face more political instability.

The nation of 46 million people desperately needs strong government to tackle a debilitating economic crisis that saw GDP contract by 15 percent in 2009, and to restart talks with the International Monetary Fund on a $16.4 billion bailout package.

Senior Yanukovych lawmaker Oleksander Yefremov said there was "no need to rush" with forming a coalition.

"From my point of view, either this week or next we will complete the process of forming (a coalition)," he told reporters.

Wednesday's vote marked the death knell for the fractious coalition that emerged from the 2004 pro-Western Orange Revolution, when street protests overturned results of a rigged election that gave Yanukovych victory.

Though promising to work with the West, Yanukovych is expected to tilt the former Soviet republic back towards Russia, source of the gas sent through Ukraine to supply central and western Europe.
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Anonymous March 3, 2010, 7:17 p.m.    

Finally Russia is taking control of Ukraine.

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Anonymous March 3, 2010, 7:38 p.m.    

Let's just call it USSR again.

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Anonymous March 3, 2010, 8:19 p.m.    

In 30 years time this will all be a forgotten chapter.Freedom is the winner in this mess. something that rusia still has no idea about.

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Anonymous March 3, 2010, 9:23 p.m.    

Kiev Post run an article delivering the message of Tymu,

Please fire me, I am ready to go, I have secured billions from the public purse of Ukraine, and now I am ready to spend it for the rest of my life.

I have enough billions, to live like a queen for a 1000 years, but only have lass than 50 years to spend it.

Thanks for the billions naive Ukrainians, American velvet revolution manufacturers, Orange dummies..

Thanks for all the money, attention and oppotunity to rob and exploit all of you,,

Those come after me, may not be as good of a thief and fake show person as I was..

And by the way, any one wants my fake brad and hair clour?

I will go back to my orignal brown hair, which turned partly gray, thanks to the pressures that came as I was stealng Ukraine blind....

Good bye suckers, loosers whiners, Julia is free and rich, keep on the internal fight and forget about me, and the money I had stolen from deals, contracts and scams...


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Anonymous March 3, 2010, 9:32 p.m.    

And now is the Yanukovich's term to get rich...

Poor Ukrainians. When are you going to open your eyes and wake up???????

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Anonymous March 3, 2010, 10:22 p.m.    

The orange turned lemon party dictatator Tymu is sailng on high oceans knowing she had messed up every one#s life bad enough no one will think of the billions she had stolen,,,

Well, will Yanu's team do the same..

The fact is,,, Tymu was constantly saying these words: maffia, jailed, criminal, dictator, thief, oligrach, rich who does not care a bit about the poor,,, but sadly the peole of Ukraine and the world had missed it all...

Julia was in fact talkng about herself,,,, not Yanu....

No one is as low, as base, as caniving, as selfish, as greedy, as undemocratic, and as corrupt and crrocked as she was......

And I doubt, there would be any other wolrd criminal, who could be a bigger thief then her,,,, and still be called a democratic criminal...

Regions can not out du Julia,,, but their aim is the contrary,,, and Julia will not enjoy her bounty too long,,, life has its ways, what you sow is what u harvest

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