Ukraine is working to restore political stability just one day after the president fired his entire cabinet. Viktor Yushchenko justified his decision saying government infighting had begun to have a negative impact on the way the country was being run.
Now Yuri Yekhanurov who has been nominated caretaker Prime Minister has vowed to form a new government as quickly as possible. “After a crisis, there is a recovery,” he said.
The 57 year old steps into the shoes of Yulia Tymoshenko who was Yuschenko’s key ally during the Orange Revolution less than a year ago.
She described the sacking as unfair saying her government achieved more in seven months than previous ones did in 13 years.
Now the two former partners could stand on different sides of the political divide. Tymoshenko heads her own party and may run against Yuschenko in the election early next year. The United States and Russia have downplayed the political crisis.
The coalition that won the Orange Revolution vowing to stamp out corruptionmay be history – but Moscow and Washington say there is nothing unusual in a president dismissing his government.