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‘Orange’ coalition in Ukraine falls apart

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's pro-Western “Orange” coalition fell apart yesterday paving the way for the country's new president to consolidate his power.

The development means Ms Tymoshenko will soon be out of office and spells the final repudiation of the Orange Revolution she helped lead in 2004.

Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych defeated her in last month's presidential vote, but she has been a thorn in his side ever since, refusing to resign and challenging the vote results. Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn told parliament the ruling Orange coalition had been unable to prove it still had majority support.

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