The three parties, which include Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna
(Fatherland), far-right nationalists and a liberal party headed
by boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko, made their call in a joint
statement in which they grudgingly accepted the results of the
disputed Oct. 28 election.
The opposition’s bold move, in which they swore to defeat
“the regime of Yanukovich”, raised the political temperature on
the eve of a possible resumption on Tuesday of a second trial of
Tymoshenko in the eastern city of Kharkiv.
But final election figures show that Yanukovich’s Party of
the Regions seems set to hang on to a majority in the 450-seat
parliament – with the help of traditional allies – and it should
be able to hold the opposition at bay in the new parliament.