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Viktor Yushchenko (file photo)
13 September 2005 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has accused his former Orange Revolution ally Yuliya Tymoshenko of using her position of prime minister to serve personal interests.
In an AP interview today, Yushchenko said that he would welcome Tymoshenko back into government if she returned to what he called the principles of the Orange Revolution.
Earlier today, Tymoshenko said that she intends to win back her post after parliamentary elections next year and then run for president in 2009 elections.
Yushchenko fired Tymoshenko and her government on 8 September. He then installed long-time ally Yuriy Yekhanurov as acting prime minister.
In the interview, Yushchenko acknowledged that his popularity has faded. He attributed this in part to high expectations generated by the Orange Revolution.
Yushchenko also said today there would be no more attempts to reopen past privatization deals.
He told journalists that "private property is untouchable" and what "happened in Ukraine for the last 13 years is history."
Yushchenko said that the reprivatization of the Kryvorizhstal steel mill would proceed as planned on 24 October. But he said the government would not attempt to challenge any other deals from the past.
The Ukrainian finance minister said yesterday the state expects to earn millions from reprivatization.
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