Ukraine's Rada resumes sessions, hopes to end coalition deadlock

Iran Materials 20 June 2006 11:25 (UTC +04:00)

(RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's parliament resumes plenary sessions Tuesday following a six-day recess in a bid to help break a deadlock in efforts to form a parliamentary coalition and government.

The Supreme Rada has gone into recess three times since it opened a session May 25 following parliamentary elections March 26 that failed to produce a clear winner, reports Trend.

The leaders of the factions involved in the coalition talks will address parliament Tuesday and could adopt a resolution if they come to an agreement.

The coalition talks were initially held by three groups - pro-presidential groupings Our Ukraine, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's bloc, and the Socialist Party. But the talks broke down, mainly over differences on the allocation of key positions.

Our Ukraine then said it would pull out of the talks and start negotiations with Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions, a largely pro-Russian party that won the largest share of the poll, but had been frozen out of the coalition talks. The initiative was denounced by the Tymoshenko bloc, which refused from the start to deal with the Party of Regions.

Another Our Ukraine initiative to create a broad-based "grand coalition" also involving the Party of Regions was also rejected by Tymoshenko, who is seeking an "orange" coalition with Western leaning political forces.

At the weekend, Our Ukraine continued talks with its "orange" allies and held discussions with the Party of Regions.

If parliament fails to forge a coalition before June 24 and form a government in the following 30 days, President Viktor Yushchenko could disband the Supreme Rada and call new elections.