Ukraine's Yushchenko says parliament coalition formed

Iran Materials 23 June 2006 12:09 (UTC +04:00)

(RIA Novosti) - The formation of a coalition in the Ukrainian parliament has been completed, President Viktor Yushchenko said Thursday.

A plenary session of the 450-seat Supreme Rada officially announced earlier in the day the formation of a majority coalition, meaning a government can be formed after months of political wrangling since elections in March, reports Trend.

Yushchenko said as a head of state he "had been on the constructive side of the dialogue [during the talks] and had worked on consolidating the leading role of laws and the constitution in the formation of the majority."

"People's deputies had to take an examination on their ability to form a parliamentary majority for the first time in the last 15 years," he added.

The coalition includes the bloc headed by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, pro-presidential grouping Our Ukraine and the Socialist Party, three of the groups that swept President Viktor Yushchenko to power in the "orange revolution" of late 2004.