The head of the pro-Russian Party of Regions, which leads a majority coalition in the Supreme Rada, received the president's backing Thursday for his nomination as prime minister, after four months of political wrangling.
The leaders of the Party of Regions (which holds 186 seats) and pro-presidential Our Ukraine (81 seats) initialed Thursday a memorandum on forming a parliamentary alliance in another step toward a "grand coalition" in the 450-seat legislature.
Other parties in the coalition are the Socialists (33 seats) and the Communists (21 seats). The bloc led by Yulia Tymoshenko (129 seats), an outspoken former prime minister, has gone into opposition.
Rodion Myroshnyk, spokesman for Party of Regions leader and prime minister-designate Viktor Yanukovych, said: "After the grand coalition is formed finally on Friday and Viktor Yanukovych is voted in as prime minister, the coalition will be quick in appointing a new Cabinet."
Myroshnyk said the Party of Regions, which won the largest share of votes in the March 26 elections, had in reserve a large number of professionals with vast experience at top posts who were ready to head ministries and agencies, particularly of the economic bloc.
"I am sure that our partners in the coalition also have several strong candidates to ministerial posts," Myroshnyk said.
Speaker Oleksandr Moroz said previously that the Rada could form a government within one or two days following the vote on appointing the prime minister.
Under the Constitution, a new Cabinet must be appointed within 60 days after the current government, led by Yuriy Yekhanurov of the pro-presidential Our Ukraine party, resigns.