The results of Ukraine’s recent election have been officially announced. Two pro-western parties have agreed to form a new coalition which could end up governing the country. Together, the Tymoshenko bloc and Our Ukraine gleaned 228 seats from a total of 450 in the recent elections, bypassing Viktor Yanukovich’s Party of Regions, which nonetheless remains the largest single group on 175.
As head of the larger party, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is likely to be asked to form the next government: “The parliament is new, those in power are new and the democratic team has all grounds to reform all sectors of life so that people feel tangible changes in the country”, she told the assembled gathering.
Tymoshenko has agreed to a call from President Viktor Yuschenko to give some top jobs to rivals from the Regions Party but has ruled out any possibility of an alliance.
The new coalition still has some way to go before it takes over control of the government. It will exercise no authority until it is sworn in by deputies; under Ukrainian law they have a month to do so.