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    Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's bloc has signed a statement in an attempt to restore the ruling coalition in Ukraine's parliament, the bloc said on Monday.

    KIEV, October 6 (RIA Novosti) - Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's bloc has signed a statement in an attempt to restore the ruling coalition in Ukraine's parliament, the bloc said on Monday.

    Two thirds of the pro-presidential Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc have indicated they are also ready to start work to reform the coalition, the bloc said.

    "For a final decision Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc needs only one thing to fully return to the democratic coalition, which is the executive order of President [Viktor] Yushchenko," Tymoshenko's bloc said in a statement, adding that the party opposed early elections and considered any attempt to call snap polls an irresponsible step and a crime against the country.

    The former Soviet state is facing snap parliamentary elections after the pro-Western alliance failed to reach a deal on a new coalition in September, when lawmakers from the pro-Russian opposition, the Party of Regions and the Communist Party, backed by Yulia Tymoshenko's bloc, voted to reduce the president's powers and simplify impeachment procedures.

    Last Saturday President Viktor Yushchenko said he would hold consultations on October 7 on the dissolution of the parliament.

    "I am giving all those who committed adultery until October 7 and those who remained faithful to communicate as responsible politicians and offer society a way out of the deadlock," Yushchenko said, adding that he currently had the right to dissolve the Supreme Rada.

    Yushchenko also said he would accept any coalition.

    "If any coalition is formed, I will bow my head and say 'I will put forward a candidacy of prime minister from the new coalition,'" he said.

    Ukraine held parliamentary polls in March 2006 and September 2007.

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