Orange coalition nominates Tymoshenko for PM

15:12, 04 December 2007
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Opening her the way to return to power

Ukraine`s majority pro-Western coalition voted Tuesday to put forward Yulia Tymoshenko as their candidate for prime minister, opening the way for the leader of the 2004 Orange Revolution to return to power, according to AFP.

The vote followed a deal between Tymoshenko`s party and President Viktor Yushchenko`s Our Ukraine party to reform their alliance from the 2004 pro- democracy revolution sparked by mass protests against vote rigging.

Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Russian politician who was Yushchenko`s rival in the Orange Revolution standoff, recently resigned as prime minister after 15 months in office.

The move followed elections in September that were called to resolve months of wrangling between Yushchenko, who supports Ukraine`s full integration with the West, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization military alliance, and Yanukovych.

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