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Prez seeks to end pro-Russian coalition
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KIEV, July 12 – Ukraine’s pro-Russian coalition, which emerged in Parliament last week, is illegitimate and must be dissolved to give way for a more balanced grouping, President Viktor Yushchenko suggested on Wednesday.

Yushchenko has been apparently seeking to encourage a coalition between Our Ukraine, a pro-Western group, and the Regions Party, a pro-Russian group, as the only alternative to dismissing Parliament.

The end of the 238-strong pro-Russian coalition, which has been challenging Yushchenko, would be a humiliation to the Regions Party, which had recently fostered the grouping, analysts said.

But this may be the only alternative to dismissing Parliament as Yushchenko said he had been seriously considering the idea.

“No one has doubts that the president’s tool to dismiss Parliament will be used,” Yushchenko said. “But it will be used only after it becomes the only way to resolve the matter that can’t be otherwise resolved through the talks.”

Yushchenko has been meeting Viktor Yanukovych, the leader of the Regions party, and Oleksandr Moroz, the leader of the Socialist Party and the speaker of Parliament, seeking to settle political crisis.

Yushchenko has been apparently encouraging parties to return to an agreement that had been reached between Our Ukraine and the Regions Party last month.

“Yushchenko’s game plan now appears to be to try and encourage the Regions Party to forge a broader coalition with Our Ukraine,” Tomothy Ash, an analyst with Bear Stearns International in London, said. “Yushchenko’s main card appears to be early elections.”



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