They broke down over the weekend over the Socialists' insistence on getting the post of parliament speaker. Without the Socialists, the coalition would not control enough seats in parliament to govern.
Tymoshenko claimed Our Ukraine's refusal to concede the speaker's post was an excuse to quit the coalition talks and strike a deal with the pro-Russian Party of Regions, the biggest vote winner in the March elections.
("Ukrayinska pravda," AP)
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