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Yulia Timoshenko has been appointed the Prime Minister of Ukraine
Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko signed a decree appointing Ms. Timoshenko as acting prime minister right after the Supreme Rada approved her candidature. Ms. Timoshenko has resigned her responsibilities as a deputy. She was elected people's deputy of Ukraine in the Supreme Rada three times. She was elected to the current parliament on the ballot of her own political bloc - BYT (Bloc of Yulia Timoshenko). Mrs. Timoshenko is a close supporter of newly-elected Ukrainian president Viktor Yuschenko. During the "orange revolution," which brought Mr. Yuschenko to power, she was one of the leaders of the opposition to the old power structures. Between 1995 and 1997 she headed Unified Energy Systems of Ukraine. From December 1999 to January 2001 she served as a deputy prime minister in Yushchenko's reformist government, charged with Ukraine's energy sector. After the Russian Prosecutor General's office pressed criminal charges against Mrs. Timoshenko, she was forced to resign. On February 13, 2001, she was arrested. She spent 42 days in the Lukyanovski interrogation prison in Kiev. Starting in 2001, several criminal cases against Yulia Timoshenko were filed during three years. The General Prosecutor's Office submitted notions on her indictment to the parliament on several occasions, although deputies never voted for striping her of deputy immunity and all notions were returned to the prosecutors. As reported, the Prosecutor Genera's office has closed all criminal investigations against Yulia Timoshenko last week for the lack of sufficient evidence of her crimes. The new Ukrainian prime minister was born on November 27, 1960 in Dnepropetrovsk (an industrial center in Eastern Ukraine).
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