Yushchenko Ally Fails in Bid to Regain Office of the Prime Minister

Yulia Tymoshenko, a leading force in the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine, was unable Tuesday to win backing from Parliament to regain the office of prime minister, plunging the former Soviet state into new political uncertainty. Tymoshenko was backed by 225 votes, one short of a majority in the 450-seat assembly. Her allies complained of technical problems and the speaker, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, called for a vote on returning the motion on her nomination. That also failed to carry and Parliament went into recess in disarray. Tymoshenko and President Viktor Yushchenko, who had nominated her, both appeared distraught at the outcome. Full Story

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