Sunday, April 02, 2006

Ukraine's Yushchenko: I'm still the boss

voice or reason or that of a dictator in the making

Ukraine's Yushchenko: I'm still the boss

By Christian Lowe
Saturday, April 1, 2006; 11:23 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko tried on Saturday to reassert his authority after an election defeat, warning estranged ally Yulia Tymoshenko she could only head a coalition government on his terms.

Yushchenko's Our Ukraine party finished a humiliating third in a March 26 parliamentary election, forcing him into a round of horse-trading with the charismatic Tymoshenko -- whose bloc placed second -- about forming a coalition.

The president said any partners in a coalition government would have to sign up to a detailed plan of action and a legislative timetable, a condition that looked like an attempt to rein in Tymoshenko's radicalism.