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Prime Minister Tymoshenko Ousted After No-confidence Vote

5. March 2010 by Admin 0 Comments

On Wednesday, Ukraine’s Parliament, officially known as Verkhovna Rada, considered a motion of no-confidence in the current government. These events came as a result of the official election of Viktor Yanukovich after a drawn out political battle between him and the Prime Minister over the Presidency.

During the vote, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko promised that her government would not remain in their positions until a new coalition was formed, as would be their right, but that they would vacate their offices instead and form a coalition in the Opposition (the political bloc that opposes the current ruling majority).

Prime Minister Tymoshenko’s government was easily voted out with well over half of the chamber voting in favor of the no-confidence motion. The 243 votes included seven from Tymoshenko’s own party, votes which some have alleged to be motivated by bribery. President Yanukovich has demanded that Verkhovna Rada form a new ruling coalition quickly to avoid the need for new elections which would likely be chaotic for Ukraine’s political system.

Yulia Tymoshenko has left her post already and her party plans on filing legal motions against a proposed amendment to Ukrainian law that would change the rules to form a governing coalition in the country.