Yanukovych said his government deserved credit for improving strained relations with Russia and for putting Ukraine on a pragmatic course toward Europe and NATO.
He also said the "personal ambitions and political extremism" of some lawmakers had prevented the setting up of a broad coalition.
Yanukovych leads an "anticrisis" coalition of his own Party of Regions, the Socialists, and the Communists. President Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine bloc recently pulled out of talks on a broad coalition and said it was going into opposition.
("Ukrayinska pravda," UNIAN, AP)
UP FROM THE ASHES. On August 4, 2006, the Ukrainian legislature ended four months of political standoff by confirming Viktor Yanukovych as prime minister. Yanukovych's pro-Russian Party of Regions won the largest block of seats in the country's inconclusive March legislative elections. His confirmation capped a remarkable political comeback for Yanukovych after his defeat by Viktor Yushchenko in Ukraine's Orange Revolution....(more)