A new parliamentary coalition led by Yanukovych's Party of Regions officially assumed duties Tuesday and re-submitted his prime ministerial candidacy to President Viktor Yushchenko. The president will now have to decide on recommending the candidature to parliament within 15 days.
"Our faction is leaving this hall until July 25 until the president issues a decree on early parliamentary elections," former premier and bloc leader Yulia Tymoshenko said.
She called on all Ukrainian patriots "to prevent Yanukovych's nomination as prime minister."
Western-leaning Tymoshenko, who expected to return to the premier's job, and pro-Russian Yanukovych, who served as prime minister in 2002-2004, are bitter rivals.