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Ukraine Unveils New Ruling Coalition

Ukrainian lawmakers have ended months of infighting and reconstituted a three-party governing coalition.

Parliamentary Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn announced the development Tuesday shortly after lawmakers elected him to his post. He said the three parties will formally sign a coalition agreement within the next several days.

The development reinstated the tattered alliance between President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The two were allies during the 2004 mass protests known as the Orange Revolution.

Their subsequent rivalry, replete with name-calling and physical altercations among rival supporters in parliament, has paralyzed government in the former Soviet republic for months. Each official has repeatedly accused the other of responsibility for the stand-off.

Ukraine, like other countries, has been hit hard by the global economic crisis. Lawmakers recently set aside differences to agree on conditions for securing a $16 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.

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