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Ukraine's Reformist Parties Sign Pact to Form a Coalition


Three political parties whose members played a key role in Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution have signed a pact agreeing to form a coalition of democratic forces.

Representatives of President Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine Party, the Yulia Tymoshenko bloc and the Socialist Party of Ukraine signed the accord Thursday in Kiev.

The signed document lays out steps the three parties plan to take to create a majority coalition in parliament.

The agreement left unanswered the key question of who will get the post of prime minister. The groups said they expect to sign a final document when the new parliament meets next month. Ms. Tymoshenko had insisted on regaining the post in any new coalition. President Yushchenko fired her as prime minister last year following infighting in the cabinet.

No party won enough seats in parliament in the March elections to form a government. The pro-Russian opposition Party of Regions - led by former presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych - won 32 percent of the vote, followed by the Tymoshenko bloc with 22 percent. The Our Ukraine Party won about 14 percent.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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