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Yushchenko threatens snap election

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Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko has threatened to call a snap election after a break down in the country’s ruling coalition. Yushchenko has accused his Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of wrecking the coalition by joining forces with rivals.

Since taking office – Tymoshenko – whose bloc makes up the other party in the coalition, has been at odds with the President on a series of key policies. In August, Yushchenko’s deputy chief of staff accused Tymoshenko of betraying national interests by not backing Georgia in its conflict with Russia.

Speculation is now rife that either could join forces with former Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich. The dispute comes a day before US Vice-President Dick Cheney’s planned visit to the country.