Friday, June 23, 2006

Orange Revolution Reunites, Forms New Majority in Ukraine’s Parliament

Source: Fox News

The Orange Revolution, a pro-Western coalition, announced a reunification that will create a 243-seat majority in Ukraine’s 450- member parliament. This new majority aims to position themselves away from Russia.

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoskenko, who will return to power when the Cabinet is announced next week, recognized this as a second opportunity for the country to be democratic.

The three parties that formed the coalition have been in negotiations for three months to resolve their views on economic and foreign policy issues. Tymoskenko called for “a smart and predictable economic policy.”

The slight majority will face challenges when contested situations are presented for discussion, such as cooperation with NATO. Many members of the coalition were adversaries in the March elections.

The opposition, a pro-Russian party, has vowed to put up a strong fight against the Orange Revolution.

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