The Ukrainian president, Viktor Yushchenko has set about some early political spring cleaning: sweeping out the old guard from the Ukrainian government and installing his own team of reformers. Yushchenko is committed to taking the ex-Soviet country out from under Russia’s shadow and steer it into the mainstream of Europe.
Parliament is to vote on his appointment of Yulia Tymoshenko as prime minister. She is to head up an administration assembled after considerable horse-trading with the different factions that helped Yushchenko to power in December’s, so-called, Orange Revolution. A programme of broad government objectives has been presented to parliamentary deputies ahead of the vote. The programme includes reforming the country’s social policy.