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    Ukraine's Pro-Western 'Orange Revolution' Government Falls Apart
    Globalism; Posted on: 2008-09-16 17:15:00 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]

    Ukraine's ruling pro-Western coalition has officially collapsed, the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament says.

    President Viktor Yushchenko has been involved in a long-running dispute with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

    The president's Our Ukraine bloc left the coalition earlier this month. Parliament now has 30 days to try to form a new ruling coalition.

    If those efforts fail, Mr Yushchenko can dissolve parliament and call a snap election.

    The Our Ukraine party pulled out of the coalition on 3 September after the Tymoshenko Bloc sided with the pro-Moscow opposition Party of Regions to pass several laws that Mr Yushchenko saw as a threat to his presidential powers.

    Mr Yushchenko and Ms Tymoshenko led the 2004 Orange Revolution, which overturned the fraudulent presidential election victory of a pro-Moscow** candidate, Viktor Yanukovych. But since then the two former allies have become bitter rivals, vying for power ahead of the 2010 presidential election.


    **Fraudulent? Not so fast.

    The four foundations involved included three funded by the U.S. government: The National Endowment for Democracy, which receives its money directly from Congress; the Eurasia Foundation, which receives money from the State Department, and the
    Renaissance Foundation, part of a network of charities funded by billionaire George Soros that receives money from the State Department. Other countries involved included Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. --Ed.
    News Source: bbc news


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