Ukraine's parliament approves Tymoshenko as PM

Updated: 2007-12-18 20:10

KIEV - Ukraine's parliament approved Yulia Tymoshenko as prime minister on Tuesday.

Ukraine's new Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko waves after voting in parliament in Kiev December 18, 2007. Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday restored Tymoshenko as prime minister, sealing a political comeback for a leading figure from the former Soviet country's 2004 "Orange Revolution". [Agencies]

Tymoshenko was supported by 226 lawmakers in the 450-member legislature, just the number required to be prime minister.

Tymoshenko, 47, was named as prime minister by President Viktor Yushchenko on December 6. But she failed in her bid for premiership last Tuesday, backed only by 225 deputies. The president re-nominated her as prime minister on December 12.

Tymoshenko, with her trademark peasant braid and designer outfits, stood firmly at Yushchenko's side during the 2004 protests. She became prime minister in February 2005 after Yushechenko won a re-run presidential election, but was fired by him seven months later.

The two reconciled this year during a standoff with outgoing Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who has pursued more Moscow-friendly policies. A snap parliamentary election was held in September to resolve months of political crisis in the country.

In September's polls, Yulia Tymoshenko's Bloc garnered 156 seats in the 450-seat chamber and formed with the pro-president Our Ukraine-Self Defence Bloc a shaky majority coalition.

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