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Tymoshenko offers posts to Regions Party
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KIEV, Oct. 8 Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraines likely next prime minister, on Monday agreed to give opposition parties posts in the government and Parliament as part of a stability pact with the Regions Party.

Tymoshenkos consent to give the posts meets demands from President Viktor Yushchenko, who said the pact had been needed to ensure long-term political stability in Ukraine.

The opposition will be given maximum powers to supervise over actions of the authorities, Tymoshenko said after a meeting between Yushchenko and leaders of four other parties elected to Parliament on Sept. 30.

The decision formally opens way for Tymoshenko to form the pro-Western coalition government with Yushchenkos Our Ukraine-Peoples Self-defense. Yushchenko said Saturday Tymoshenkos nomination would come after the deal with the Regions Party.

The opposition will be given posts of a deputy prime minister, deputy ministers, the head of the Accounting Chamber, which tracks the governments finances, and top positions in a number of parliamentary committees, Tymoshenko said.

The opposition will also be given a chance to nominate at least representative to supervisory councils of the National Bank of Ukraine, major state-owned companies and banks.

The developments come a week after the snap parliamentary election at which two pro-Western parties have defeated pro-Russian groups and are now moving towards forming the coalition government.

The Tymoshenko group and Our Ukraine-Peoples Self-defense will control 228 seats in the 450-seat Parliament, while the Regions Party will control 175 seats, its pro-Moscow ally Communist Party will control 27 seats.

The bloc led by former Parliamentary Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, a centrist group, will control 20 seats, according to the Central Election Commission, which plans to officially announce election results by Oct. 15.

We have 228 seats and there is nothing that would prevent us from creating the coalition after official election results are announced, Tymoshenko said. There will be no obstacles.

Meanwhile, the coalition may expand to include the group led by Lytvyn, Yuriy Lutsenko, the leader of Our Ukraine-Peoples Self-defense, said Monday. Now, the ball is with Lytvyn. All questions should be forwarded to him, Lutsenko said.

Yushchenko, who chaired the meeting between political groups on Monday, said he was happy with the progress that has been made for the political compromise.

The needed consultations should take five days, Yushchenko said.

Yushchenko also outlined future legislation that must be approved in order to speed up economic reforms, streamline the governance and to fight corruption.

Yushchenko also insisted the controversial law on the Cabinet of Ministers, which cut presidential powers in favor of the Cabinet and that had been approved earlier this year, must be cancelled.

He also said the president must be given full control over armed forces and law enforcement agencies, to prevent any stand-offs in the future like happened in May during the political crisis.. (tl/ez)




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