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Ukraine's Tymoshenko challenges "communist" coalition

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"People have not voted for such a coalition, so it has no political legitimacy," Yulia Tymoshenko said.

KIEV, July 10 (RIA Novosti) - A charismatic leader of Ukraine's "orange" revolution said Monday that her party would go into radical opposition against a new coalition majority formed in the country's parliament by three leftist parties.

"People have not voted for such a coalition, so it has no political legitimacy," Yulia Tymoshenko said.

The coalition was set up last week under a deal struck between the Socialist Party, the pro-Russian Party of Regions and the Communists following the Socialists' withdrawal from an "orange" alliance with the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and the pro-presidential Our Ukraine party.

An ally of President Viktor Yushchenko in the 2004 opposition protests that swept a pro-Western government into power, Tymoshenko called the new coalition a mafia of "communist oligarchs."

She said Ukrainian society would never give it the go-ahead to form a government, as "this actually means driving Ukraine several centuries backwards and returning to precisely what we fought against during our revolution."

Tymoshenko called for an early legislative election: "I am certain there is a need for new parliamentary polls. If the democratic forces prove not brave enough to halt what, in fact, is a coup d'etat, it will mean there are no worthwhile politicians in Ukraine."

She said Ukraine had no future with the current coalition majority and that her party "will do everything it can to make that coalition unviable and bring about its demise."

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