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Acting Premier To Start Forming New Government

Yekhanurov (file photo) 9 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Ukraine's new acting prime minister, Yuriy Yekhanurov, is due to hold consultations on forming a new government today following President Viktor Yushchenko's dismissal of the cabinet amid a corruption scandal.

Yekhanurov, governor of the eastern Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, was appointed acting prime minister yesterday after Yushchenko sacked Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko and her cabinet. National Security and Defense Council Secretary Petr Poroshenko also resigned. Tymoshenko and Poroschenko were allies of Yushchenko in last year's Orange Revolution.

Yekhanurov is expected to talk with members of the outgoing government and political party chiefs in his consultations to form a new government. He has said ensuring stability will be his top priority.

In announcing the sackings, Yushchenko said intergovernmental strife connected to allegations of corruption was interfering with the goals of his government. Yushchenko had promised to stamp out corruption seen as widespread under former President Leonid Kuchma.

(compiled from news agency reports)

See also: President Yushchenko Sacks Government In Growing Crisis