17:08 GMT17 June 2021
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    Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko may try to become Premier again, a Ukrainian online newspaper wrote on Wednesday, citing a source in the pro-presidential faction in parliament.

    "Tymoshenko knows what she is doing… She is aware that early presidential elections would be unlikely. But the prospects of becoming Prime Minister again are quite real. She's not ready to attack [President Petro] Poroshenko, as do Lyashko and the Self-Help party,” the Apostrof online edition quoted the unnamed source as saying.

    The current European Choice coalition in the Verhovna Rada was formed in November last year bringing together the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, the Popular Front, Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party, the Self-Help and Radical parties thus ensuring a parliamentary majority of 300 deputies in the 450-strong chamber.

    On Tuesday the Radical Party’s leader Oleh Lyashko said his party was pulling out of the coalition and joining the opposition thus paving the way for early parliamentary elections.

    Lyashko’s announcement came just a day after a bill granting wider powers to regional governments passed its first reading in parliament.


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