Ukrainian ruling coalition collapses

September 16th, 2008 - 5:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Kiev, Sep 16 (Xinhua) Ukrainian parliament speaker Arseniy Yatseniuk Tuesday officially announced the collapse of the ruling coalition after ruling coalition partners pro-presidential Our Ukraine and People’s Self-Defence parties walked out two weeks ago. “I officially announced the collapse of the Coalition of Democratic Forces,” said Yatseniuk.

“I am obliged to fulfil my constitutional duty. This has been long expected, but for me it is extremely sad. The coalition was all but dead after no compromise was found in 10 days of talks,” he added, urging politicians to quickly find a combination liable to work.

The pro-presidential Our Ukraine and People’s Self-Defence bloc left the ruling coalition Sep 3 after coalition partners supporting Tymoshenko sided with the opposition Party of Regions to pass several laws that Yushchenko saw as a threat to his presidential powers.

Parliament now has 30 days to try and form a new ruling coalition. If those efforts fail, President Yushchenko can dissolve parliament and call a snap election.

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