Yushchenko Close To Calling Election

KIEV — Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko edged closer Tuesday to calling an early parliamentary election, and he traded accusations with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko over the collapse of their coalition.

Yushchenko had given the parliament until the end of Tuesday to form a coalition or face a third parliamentary election in as many years.

During a meeting with members of his parliamentary faction, Yushchenko blamed Tymoshenko for putting the country "on the brink of an abyss" and suggested the alliance was ineffective.

Yushchenko signaled that coalition talks should continue, but several lawmakers who were in attendance said the president was bent on calling the early vote.