Yulia Tymoshenko, one of the most prominent figures in Ukraine’s so-called Orange Revolution, has been nominated as prime minister.
Her name was put forward by President Victor Yushchenko a day after their respective parties agreed to form a coalition. There was applause in the parliament even from Tymoshenko’s political foe Victor Yanukovich. She has long demanded her reinstatement as prime minister as a condition for her party’s support for the coalition. Yushchenko fired her last year after she was accused of taking impulsive decisions that frightened investors. The coalition deal is a breakthrough nearly three months after the election. But Tymoshenko has already sparked controversy by saying she wants a review of gas deals with Russia.