Ukraine president sets poll date

Yushchenko sets December 7 as date for vote which will pit him against former ally.

    Yushchenko accused the ex-PM of ignoring national interests for the sake of power [AFP]

    The Ukrainian government collapsed in September after Yushchenko's party pulled out in protest at Tymoshenko's decision to support an attempt by the pro-Russian opposition to reduce the powers held by the president.

    At that time, Yushchenko accused Tymoshenko of ignoring national interests for the sake of gaining power.

    "I am deeply convinced that it was human ambition that destroyed the democratic coalition - one person's ambition, lust for power, differences in values and putting personal interests ahead of national ones," Yushchenko said in reference to Tymoshenko on Wednesday, as he dissolved parliament.

    Tensions between the two leaders had deteriorated after Yushchenko voiced his support for Georgia during its war with Russia in August.

    Yushchenko and Tymoshenko are expected to contest the presidency in 2009 or early 2010.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.