Tymoshenko's govt refuses to resign 'voluntarily'

Yanukovich, winner of Sunday's presidential poll by 3.48 percentage points, has twice called on Tymoshenko to quit as premier.

Tymoshenko's govt refuses to resign 'voluntarily'

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, refusing to concede defeat in a presidential election, attacked rival Viktor Yanukovich on Thursday and a top aide said her government had no intention of resigning.

Yanukovich, winner of Sunday's presidential poll by 3.48 percentage points, has twice called on Tymoshenko to quit as premier.

Showing no signs of giving ground, Tymoshenko made her first public appearance since election night, when she accused Yanukovich of "electoral fraud".

She chaired a cabinet meeting and attacked him and his Regions Party for retreating on commitments to raise public sector salaries and pensions.

Tymoshenko's camp is contesting results of Sunday's election, which tilted the former Soviet republic back toward Russia five years after its pro-Western Orange Revolution co-led by Tymoshenko.

Minutes after the prime minister spoke, her first deputy and close aide Oleksander Turchynov told reporters: "The government does not plan to resign voluntarily."

Standing to open the cabinet meeting, Tymoshenko made no mention of her own position or her electoral defeat. She instead attacked the Regions Party's policy on social spending, saying: "It was just pre-election PR."

Yanukovich election campaign manager Borys Kolesnikov said on Wednesday that if Tymoshenko did not resign, she would be dismissed and Yanukovich would find a new prime minister.

If Yanukovich cannot form a coalition in parliament, he would have to call a snap parliamentary election.


Reuters

Last Mod: 11 Şubat 2010, 13:08
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