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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yushchenko's Party in Talks With Old Foe

KIEV -- President Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine announced Thursday that it was in talks with the pro-Russian Party of the Regions to create a governing coalition amid a continuing struggle to form a new government 11 weeks after parliamentary elections.

Party of the Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych predicted that a coalition would be formed by Tuesday.

"We held the first preliminary consultations with the Party of the Regions," Our Ukraine's Roman Zvarych said in parliament. "But we propose holding multilateral negotiations as well as bilateral [talks] with any political force to find a way out."

Ukraine's government has been paralyzed since the March parliamentary elections ended without a decisive victor. The Party of the Regions won the most votes, but it was overshadowed by the three former Orange Revolution allies, who would hold more seats in the 450-member parliament if they could work out their differences. Negotiations among the three estranged parties collapsed over the weekend.

Yanukovych said his party already had enough votes to form a majority, apparently based on individual lawmakers who were said to have defected from their parties.

Yanukovych did not elaborate but added his party was seeking "a coalition of parties, not of individual lawmakers."