Victor Yushchenko is now holding preliminary consultations with leaders of Ukraine’s parties and blocs: Yuriy Yekhanurov, Yulia Tymoshenko, Victor Yanukovych and Oleksandr Moroz.  The Head of State said he intended to congratulate the winners when all ballots are counted, according to the President’s press-office.

The leaders are going to discuss results of the country’s first democratic election and then consider principles and fundamentals of a future parliamentary coalition.

When meeting with Premier Yuriy Yekhanurov, the Chief of Staff said he was convinced that they “must settle all issues splitting the electorate.”

“We must work stably and on the basis of a joint political memorandum,” he said.

The President added that it was important to unite around national values: “To form an alliance, we must have a system of values but not a system of posts, for posts are important but secondary.”

The Head of State said they all were given a unique chance to consolidate society and so all parties should formulate an action plan to ensure stability.

Then Yushchenko and Yekhanurov discussed Ukraine’s economic situation.