(RIA Novosti) - The Ukrainian parliament approved at the evening session Tuesday the composition of all 26 parliamentary committees and of a special committee on privatization.
Top posts in nine committees went to the Party of Regions, seven committees to the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc, and five to Our Ukraine. The Socialist and Communist parties acquired senior positions in three committees each, reports Trend.
Ukraine has been in a crisis with fighting in the Supreme Rada and protestors on the streets following the collapse of the former parliamentary coalition and the emergence of a new "anti-crisis" coalition led by the Party of Regions.
The coalition - which comprises the pro-Russia Party of Regions, the Socialist Party and the Communist Party and holds 240 of the Supreme Rada's 450 seats - formally came into effect after a previous coalition deal between the West-leaning trio of the Tymoshenko Bloc, Our Ukraine and the Socialists signed June 22 expired.
The new "anti-crisis" parliamentary coalition nominated earlier Tuesday Party of Region's leader and ex-presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych for the post of prime minister.
Under the constitution, Yanukovych's candidature will be presented to President Viktor Yushchenko, who has 15 days to take it back to the parliament. Ukraine's parliament cannot appoint a prime minister unless the candidate is first recommended by the president.
On Tuesday morning supporters of the bloc led by former premier Yulia Tymoshenko and the pro-democracy youth organization Pora took to the streets again in an attempt to block approaches to the Supreme Rada, demanding the dissolution of the parliament and new parliamentary elections.