19:14 05.02.2009

Premier says Regions Party wanted to destabilize government work

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said that the rejection of a no-confidence motion in the government by the parliament is evidence of trust in the Cabinet of Ministers.

"I can only say that instead of a vote of no confidence in the government, a vote [of confidence in] the government was passed today," she said in the parliament on Thursday.

Tymoshenko said that in such a difficult situation, "none of these brave opposition members" wanted to head the government and take up the posts of ministers, because they are afraid of damaging their popularity ratings.

"Therefore, the Regions Party did not really set the goal of unseating the government. They wanted to destabilize, humiliate, and discredit the government, and cause it to fail to work as normal," she said.

"I understand quite well that the prime minister's post is not appealing, because this is a very hard, responsible and thankless task," she said.

Tymoshenko said the government would continue working to dampen the effects of the global financial crisis.

She also confirmed that there would be a reshuffle of the government during the next plenary week.

She again called on all political forces to unite.

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