Ukrainian president names Mykola Azarov as PM

20:22, March 11, 2010      

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich named his key ally Mykola Azarov as prime minister on Thursday and asked lawmakers to approve the nomination.

Ukraine's parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn announced at a parliamentary session on Thursday morning that a majority coalition has been formed at the parliament.

Later, the new ruling coalition nominated Mykola Azarov as a candidate for prime minister.

Azarov pledged to eliminate the financial problems created by the previous government, saying his main task is to redraft and get approved a realistic budget.

Azarov was appointed first deputy prime minister and finance minister in late November 2002, when the cabinet of Viktor Yanukovych took office.

He served as acting prime minister from Dec. 7, 2004, to Dec. 28, 2004.

Azarov was named acting prime minister again in January 2005. He served in that position until shortly after the inauguration of Viktor Yushchenko. He was replaced on Jan. 24, 2005 by Yulia Tymoshenko.

Source: Xinhua
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