Pro-Moscow parties in Ukraine have signed an agreement proposing an alternative coalition government. The grouping, made up of the opposition Regions Party, the Socialists and the Communists, plan to put forward Viktor Yanukovich as Prime Minister. He was defeated by Viktor Yushchenko in presidential polls in 2004, in the aftermath of the so-called Orange Revolution. President Yushchenko yesterday said a prospective coalition government of liberal parties who backed the revolution had all but collapsed. This after a Socialist was unexpectedly elected parliamentary speaker.
The country has been operating without a fully-fledged government for more than three months. “There exists the threat of dissolving parliament if groups who assume the political responsibility of forming a coalition cannot do so within the deadlines,” said Yushchenko.
The president says he still backs an orange coalition team, but if it does not come together then “other political forces must come up with a different, broader format”.