Tymoshenko says her party ready to join ruling coalition
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister and leader of the Batkivschyna party Yulia Tymoshenko says her party is ready to take part in forming a new coalition at the new parliament.
"The Batkivschyna party is ready to take part in a coalition of democratic forces at the newly-elected Verkhovna Rada. The coalition should embrace all the five parties elected to the Rada," Tymoshenko said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Batkivschyna does not claim a single seat in the new Ukrainian government, she said.
"Our team does not claim a single ministerial portfolio. We believe it's time not to talk about portfolios but to urgently consolidate, coordinate principles on which we work, and compile a list of priority reforms that need to be implemented," she said.
Batkivschyna would urge the new parliament to repeal parliamentary immunity and Ukraine's non-aligned status.
"In our view, the Rada's first steps should be the adoption of such decisions as depriving all our top government officials of immunity, continuing the lustration, annulling Ukraine's non-aligned status, and launching a real crackdown on corruption," she said.