Ukraine's Orange Bloc Takes 'Victory'

Pro-East PM nabs biggest single share, may win posts
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2007 8:10 PM CDT
Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych greets supporters during a rally of Yanukovych's Party of Regions in Kiev, Monday, Oct. 1, 2007. President Viktor Yushchenko and charismatic opposition leader...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Ukraine's Orange Bloc has won enough seats to form a government, says an unofficial finally tally. East-leaning PM Viktor Yanukovych's party reaped the biggest vote share and could win cabinet posts, but the president says he will not negotiate "a broad coalition," the BBC reports. "I am talking about dialogue between the three political forces."

President Yushchenko says that a deal "will provide a spark to start parliament sessions" and may make Yulia Tymoshenko prime minister. The pro-West Orange Bloc nabbed 44.86% of the vote, while Mr Yanukovych's party won the biggest single share with 34.37%. Talks after last year's election deadlocked the Ukraine for months and led to the latest snap poll.