"Today there is no other candidate than Yulia Tymoshenko who could oppose Yanukovych and his policies," Oleksandr Turchynov said on the ICTV television channel, according to Tymoshenko's official website.
He recalled that Yulia Tymoshenko has the greatest support among the people.
According to Oleksandr Turchynov, all ongoing conversations about the possible change in government and its leadership are a cover "for negotiations with the Party of Regions on destroying the current coalition and building a new one."
He also emphasized that Yulia Tymoshenko is not clinging to her post and is ready to cede if a majority of deputies from OU-PSD can consolidate around a different candidate for prime minister from the democratic coalition.
"Yulia Tymoshenko is not leading the fight to maintain her own position. We believe that destabilizing the situation in the government is dangerous for the state. Uncertainty of power is very dangerous. That’s why we’re insisting on consideration of a no-confidence vote in the government, so that the vote shows whether the Yulia Tymoshenko government has a majority of votes or not, and if there’s a majority that assumes responsibility for the state," he said.
He believes that neither Arseniy Yatseniuk nor Viktor Yushchenko will be able to garner the support of 60-70 deputies. "This is the position of several deputies from Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defense, which is not the faction’s position. They simply need a cover for holding talks with the Party of Regions to somehow build a coalition which they were actively against six months ago, and that’s why the situation with changing the prime minister," he believes.
"If deputies from this distinguished faction (OU-PSD) could decide on a new candidate for prime minister and the majority - 60-70 deputies of this faction said this was their special position, then there’d be something to talk about. Yatseniuk is holding talks with the Party of Regions to support him as prime minister, Yushchenko and his supporters are holding talks with the Party of regions to support him. They can get perhaps 5-10 deputies to support this new candidate," explained Oleksandr Turchynov.
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