Ukraine’s new government is taking shape under the leadership of a freshly-appointed prime minister. Premier Yury Yekhanurov and President Viktor Yushchenko have been holding talks with parliamentary groups.
Yushchenko’s aim is to stabilize the political situation. On Thursday, he sacked the previous premier and her cabinet, amid allegations of infighting and corruption. It meant a parting of the ways with Yulia Tymoshenko – a fellow figurehead in Ukraine’s pro-Western “Orange Revolution.” Charismatic and popular because of the important role she played in the street protests, Tymoshenko has branded her sacking unfair. Analysts believe the president’s political future now depends heavily on whether she will turn against him. Tymoshenko heads her own party and could go into opposition when Ukraine votes in a parliamentary election next year. However, the initial signs are that she will not pull the rug from under her old ally’s feet. Speaking after her dismissal, she said life would continue to improve for Ukrainians. For many, however, the new political establishment has failed to meet the heady expectations of the “Orange Revolution.”