Leader of the united democratic opposition Yulia Tymoshenko held a meeting of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc.

During the meeting they discussed the structure of the opposition government as well as goals and objectives of their activities in opposition.

Tymoshenko has nominated People’s Deputy Serhiy Sobolev (BYuT) to be prime minister of the opposition government.

"The opposition prime minister must be a deputy, as well as a recognized person in our circle, a good speaker, and must have time for this job," Yulia Tymoshenko said today during the meeting.

"The prime minister is a very important post and it will be key in allowing the government to demonstrate its professional strength. I would like to propose Serhiy Sobolev for the position of prime minister of the opposition government."

Serhiy Sobolev was nominated because of his professionalism and credibility. "He is well known and well regarded by society. He clearly stands by our values, has extensive experience in politics, and a very good reputation," she explained.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s proposal was unanimously supported by the deputies from BYuT.

Tymoshenko has also proposed to improve the structure of the opposition government by reducing the number of ministries.

"There will be a significant cut in the number of ministries in our government. There will be 16 total; and more is unnecessary," Yulia Tymoshenko said.

She believes the opposition cabinet should be formed based on a European model. "This should be a European government based on European standards, whereby ministries are based on functions, not sectors. This is very important," she explained.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko, the opposition government will not include a minister of housing and communal services, industry, and transport and communication, because these are sectors and not functions.

"We will have a ministry of economy and infrastructure, as is the case in any modern European society. I think this will be one of the trademarks of the opposition government that we’re forming," Yulia Tymoshenko concluded.

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