Yanukovych claims that Party of Regions, as winner, has right to form coalition

16:27, 04 October 2007
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“We should form parliamentary coalition and government as soon as possible. This is a top priority task, the society expects it,” Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych noted at the meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ukraine William Taylor, according to the government’s press-office.

“Nothing unexpected has happened. As we have expected, knowing the people’s mood, the Party of Regions has gained a victory, - Viktor Yanukovych said commenting the parliamentary election outcomes. – It means that the winner party, according to democratic principles, has the right to form a coalition.”

“Today we have begun consultations with winner parties, in particular, created a working group and placed our proposals. We stand for a wide coalition which is able to stabilize the situation but not divide our country into halves,” Viktor Yanukovych said. He expressed confidence that deputies of the Verkhovna Rada new composition have an opportunity to form such coalition.

William Taylor congratulated the Ukrainian people and the Party of Regions on holding good election. “The election campaign was fair and now it is time to form the coalition. It is necessary to transform the people’s voice into the power which could bring Ukraine to prosperity,” the U.S. Ambassador noted.

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