Monday, June 12, 2006

Ukraine's coalition talks 'fail'

BBC Reports

Our Ukraine place Ukrainian democracy in hold as they fail to negoitate a working coalition government.
Ukraine's coalition talks 'fail'
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko's party has said talks to form the so-called Orange Revolution government have "no prospect" of succeeding.
Our Ukraine (NU) party has been trying to form a coalition with the Socialists and the Yulia Tymoshenko bloc since the election in March.

But the NU said the Socialists' demand to be given the post of parliamentary speaker caused the talks to break down.

The three parties led the revolution in 2004 that swept Mr Yushchenko to power.

"In connection with the Socialist Party's ultimatums about the post of speaker... Our Ukraine notes that further talks on the formation of a coalition have no prospect of success," the NU said in a statement.

"Our Ukraine regrets that the personal ambitions of the socialist leader have destroyed the negotiations on the creation of a coalition," it said.

The NU emerged as the second strongest "orange" party after the 26 March election - behind the Tymoshenko block but ahead of the Socialists.

The three parties have reportedly agreed that Yulia Tymoshenko would lead the government in a new coalition, but the speaker's post remains a major obstacle.

Under constitutional changes that took effect earlier this year, the post of prime minister will carry substantially more weight than before.

Mr Yushchenko's options now include entering into coalition talks with Viktor Yanukovych, who was his rival during the Orange Revolution.

Mr Yanukovych's Regions' Party polled the most votes in the March poll - but not enough to form a government on its own.