Ukraine’s former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, whose government collapsed amid corruption allegations two weeks ago, says she is ready to forget the past and work with President Viktor Yushchenko to form a new team. She told reporters: “I am ready to set aside all the insults, I am ready to address all the issues which led to a strain between me and the president.”
She said she was prepared to unite her forces and strategies with the president to form a new coalition. On Tuesday parliament rejected Yushchenko’s nominee to replace Tymoshenko, Yury Yekhanurov. Now Yushchenko has reportedly called on Tymoshenko to bury the hatchet and, with her party the Tymoshenko bloc, join with other groupings in forming a new government.
Yushchenko is continuing consultations to decide on a new candidate for prime minister. He sacked Tymoshenko earlier this month, plunging the country into crisis, amid a welter of bitter factional rivalry and accusations of corruption on all sides.