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    Yekhanurov said that this scenario would be possible only if the "orange" coalition fails to garner a majority of mandates in the first place.

    KIEV, March 24 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov said Friday that the pro-presidential election bloc would do everything possible to form an "orange" coalition after Sunday's parliamentary elections.

    "We gathered under orange banners at the most difficult time for Ukraine during the [2004] presidential elections," Yekhanurov told a news conference at Our Ukraine headquarters. "And we believe that only an "orange" coalition should be formed in the Parliament."

    He said Our Ukraine was willing to extend an invitation to join the coalition to "all who stood with us on Maidan [the capital's main square]," including former Ukrainian PM Yulia Timoshenko.

    Yekhanurov said formation of the coalition was inevitable, with a subsequent election re-run, because "the Ukrainian mentality is such that we quickly adopt decisions without thinking too long."

    "I think the newly-elected deputies will discuss the issue for 58 days [the deadline to form the coalition is 60 days from the election according to the Constitution], adopt the decision on the night of the 58th day, and on the 59th day they will approach [the incumbent president] Yushchenko and plead with him to accept the coalition that they managed to form," Yekhanurov said, adding that this scenario would be possible only if the "orange" coalition fails to garner a majority of mandates in the first place.

    With one day left before the election, the pro-presidential Our Ukraine election bloc seemed to dominate among political activists in the center of the capital, Kiev, although the Party of the Regions, led by Viktor Yanukovich, the incumbent president's main rival during the last presidential elections, is thought to be leading the plethora of parties, blocs and movements involved in the election race.

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