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President's Old Foe Nominated as Premier

July 12, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Ukraine's pro-Russian parliamentary majority nominated President Viktor Yushchenko's Orange Revolution foe as premier after a chaotic session in which the president's frustrated allies brawled and refused to take their seats.

The nomination of Viktor Yanukovich, whose fraud-marred run for the 2004 presidency sparked the Orange Revolution mass protests, was a humiliating setback for Yushchenko, who defeated Yanukovich in a court-ordered election rerun.

Yushchenko has 15 days to consider the nomination, but he has no right of veto.

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