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Ukraine Confirms Tymoshenko As PM

4 February 2005 -- Ukraine's parliament has confirmed President Viktor Yushchenko's choice of Yuliya Tymoshenko as the country's new prime minister.

Lawmakers approved Tymoshenko's nomination today in a 373-0 vote.

After the vote, Tymoshenko said Ukraine's new government will work for the Ukrainian people.

"I want to assure you that I will under no circumstances disappoint the people of Ukraine, the president of Ukraine, or anyone of you [members of parliament]. I want you to know that I view the trust you have given me today as the highest value in my life and I will not damage it by any step I take," Tymoshenko said.

Tymoshenko called for a national strategy to create the basis for becoming a full-fledged member of the European Union.

A vote on Tymoshenko was put off yesterday because of disagreements over the makeup of the new government. Tymoshenko was a pivotal figure in the Orange Revolution that swept Yushchenko to power.

(Interfax-Ukraine/AFP/Ukrainian TV)