Yulia Tymoshenko, former prime minister and tempestuous ally to Orange Revolution leader Victor Yushchenko, has claimed victory in yesterday's Ukrainian parliamentary election. In votes counted so far, she’s won 33.15% of the vote, to current PM Viktor Yanukovych’s 31.02%, and plans to form a coalition government with Yushchenko’s party, which has 15.54% of the vote, reports the Guardian. Yanukovych has not conceded the election.
In 2004, Tymoshenko and Yushchenko defeated Russian-supported Yanukovych, but a spat in 2005 saw Yushchenko kick Tymoshenko out as PM and place her briefly under arrest. The former businesswoman has a reputation for being prickly.The country is politically divided between the Russian-sympathizing east and the Europe-looking west.