Tymoshenko warns of possible early vote in Ukraine

12:02, 26 September 2008
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PM determined to retain power

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is signaling the country`s political crisis could lead to early presidential elections, according to AP.

Tymoshenko says the vote should be held if her shattered coalition with the president`s party is not revived and she does not form an alliance with the opposition.

Friday`s statement is the latest salvo in Tymoshenko`s bitter and long-standing feud with President Viktor Yushchenko. It signals she is determined to retain power — either as prime minister or with a possible presidential run — regardless of the outcome of the current political crisis. Turbulence led to the collapse of her pro-Western governing coalition with Yushchenko`s party this month.

The next presidential vote is scheduled for 2010.

AP

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