Serhiy Tihipko, ex-presidential runner and leader of Strong Ukraine party, who placed third in the first round of Ukraine's presidential election on January 17, 2010 winning 13.05% of vote, said he was ready to head the Cabinet of Ministers if Viktor Yanukovych proposes, Tihipko said this in an interview to Segodnya daily, UKRINFORM reported.

"There are not a lot of options: one can be either in the office or in opposition. I need a position I can influence the situation with. I won't play second fiddle," he said.

Tihipko, who stands for early parliamentary election, where he intends to bring his party in, explained that the current parliament 'is not a reform-oriented'. And though Yanukovych's Party of Regions will manage to create a coalition, this will not solve problems. Anyway, in his words, the work in the parliament 'will be fair to middling'.

If the parliamentary election is not held, Tihipko will be building his party and preparing for local election.

He also tried to dispel fears in the society with the 'Donetsk clan' coming to power. He believes that Yanukovych 'really wants changes in the country'.

Secondly, Tihipko says, if something is wrong, he is not going to keep silence. "Any attacks on democracy will see criticism on my behalf. So the power will not be usurped," Tihipko assured.

As reported, presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has repeatedly offered a premier job to Tihipko during the election tilts with Tihipko evasively answering he was ready to agree on this job if proposed by a new president.

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