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Yushchenko's party goes for "orange" coalition

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Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko’s party has announced it will form a coalition with other so-called “Orange Revolution” liberal parties. This effectively rules out a deal with a pro-Moscow party that won a parliamentary ballot on March 26. Yushchenko’s Our Ukraine party will join up with the Socialist party and the bloc led by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

The question still remains though: who will be prime minister? Observers say Tymoshenko has been pushing for the job, a post that Yushchenko took away from her last September. The polls were the first to be held under new rules that give parliament the power to name the premier. A new Orange coalition would leave the Regions Party of pro-Moscow politician Viktor Yanukovich out of government, even though his party won most of the votes in the election.