Ukraine’s parliament has agreed to back the president’s preferred choice for new Prime Minister. Yuri Yekhanurov will replace Yulia Tymoshenko, who was sacked earlier this month amid infighting that split the government. The appointment, by almost two thirds of MPs, comes two days after the nomination was rejected by parliament.
Yekhanurov is a close associate of president Viktor Yushchenko. “We have no time to waste,” he told reporters. “At least one third of this government will be from outside the realm of politics. It will consist of people who will pragmatically solve the problems our country faces today. 47 million Ukrainians are united today.” Yushchenko reportedly secured the endorsement of his candidate at the second attempt after clinching a deal with the man he defeated last year to take power, ex Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich.