on Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:44 pm
Ukrainian president sees no alternative to 'orange coalition'
Published in RFE/RL Newsline
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said on October 28 in an interview with Inter television that he sees no alternative to the coalition of former Orange Revolution allies in the new parliament elected in the September 30 preterm polls. He admitted that the slim majority of three votes, which the Yuliya Tymoshenko Bloc (BYuT) and the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense (NUNS) bloc enjoy in the new Verkhovna Rada, might be easily broken, but "I am sure that there is no alternative to this process" of formation of a BYuT-NUNS coalition. Yushchenko also said the coalition shouldn't be built on antagonism. "If someone thinks he might build the coalition on antagonism in the framework of two political forces, not sharing with others -- it's a mistake."