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President-Elect Victor Yanukovich Asks Prime Minister to Step Down

10. February 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments

In a move that comes as no surprise, Victor Yanukovich, the apparent winner of the 2010 Ukrainian Presidential election has officially asked Yulia Tymoshenko, his rival in the election, to step down from her post as Ukraine’s Prime Minister.

In an address to the citizens of Ukraine, the winner of last Sunday’s election informed the country of his goals as President, to foster stronger ties with the East and the West and to improve industry and exports from the country. At the end of his lengthy address, he also announced his intentions to dissolve the current governing coalition in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s Parliament) and asked Tymoshenko to resign as Prime Minister and move to the Opposition (members of the Verkhovna Rada who are not part of the governing coalition).

Ukraine’s Governing system includes both a President and a Prime Minister; The Prime Minister is normally nominated by the President and appointed by a vote in the Verkhovna Rada. The Prime Minister heads the Cabinet of Ministers, which are the controlling body of Ukraine’s Executive Branch. A Prime Minister normally can be voted out by a motion of No Confidence in the Verkhovna Rada or they can resign.

Yulia Tymoshenko has announced her intention to dispute the vote count in several regions, citing legislation violations, voter pressure and bribery. Refuting claims from international organizations that the election was fair and an impressive display of democracy, members of her political party are claiming large-scale voter fraud.