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Yulia Tymoshenko's government retained power in Ukraine after a no-confidence
Yulia Tymoshenko's government retained power in Ukraine after a no-confidence vote in parliament on Friday failed to gain enough support.

A total of 174 MPs supported the motion, which fell 52 votes short. It was initiated by former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych's opposition Party of Regions, which accused the government of failing to tackle economic difficulties

Speaking before the vote, the Party of Region's Mykola Azarov cited an economic slowdown and a 30% fall of the country's stock market index since the start of 2008. He also said the government had been unable to curb spiraling inflation.

Official reports in Ukraine said 2008 inflation was 14.6% through May. In early July, the government raised its inflation target for 2008 from 15.3% to 15.9%.

Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, leader of Our Ukraine faction, which is part of the majority coalition backing the premier, said the vote of no-confidence would not have been supported by society.

Tymoshenko was premier in 2005 after helping President Viktor Yushchenko come to power on the back of the mass protests known as the "orange revolution," but was dismissed after seven months in office.

She returned as premier last December after a narrow victory of "orange" parties in early parliamentary elections in March 2007 and protracted coalition talks.

The legislature has been rocked this year by numerous protests by both Tymoshenko's allies and the opposition, who have blocked the Supreme Rada.


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