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Viktor Yushchenko (file photo)
11 September 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko to continue efforts to take Ukraine down the path of democracy and reform.
Bush and Yushchenko spoke by telephone Saturday, two days after Yushchenko sacked the government of his Orange Revolution ally, Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko, amid infighting among senior officials and allegations of corruption.
White House spokesman Trent Duffy said Bush urged Yushchenko to stick to the principles of the Orange Revolution, particularly Yushchenko's promise to clean up what the U.S. spokesman called the "excesses of the past" in Ukraine.
Yuriy Yekhanurov, appointed acting prime minister by Yushchenko, has said he intends to pick the new cabinet based on professionalism and not party politics.
Tymoshenko has vowed to launch a political force that would compete against Yushchenko's supporters in the March 2006 parliamentary elections.
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