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President Yushchenko Again Nominates Tymoshenko for Ukrainian PM


Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko again has nominated Yulia Tymoshenko for the post of prime minister.

Mr. Yushchenko submitted his Orange coalition partner's name Wednesday a day after she narrowly lost her bid for the post in a contentious parliamentary vote.

Ms. Tymoshenko received 225 votes Tuesday - just one vote short of the outright majority needed in the 450-seat parliament.

She accused her political rivals of tampering with the electronic voting machine, saying the device failed to register two votes in her favor.

Rivals blocked another vote Tuesday and obstructed access to the podium Wednesday preventing the resumption of the parliamentary session.

The president nominated Ms. Tymoshenko last week after supporters of the two leaders agreed to recreate the Orange coalition that brought President Yushchenko to power in 2005.

Mr. Yushchenko and Ms. Tymoshenko were partners in the Orange Revolution - mass protests against a fraudulent 2004 presidential election. Mr. Yushchenko won the court-ordered revote and named her prime minister. He later fired her in a political dispute.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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