Ukraine coalition accord to be signed tomorrow

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KIEV, Oct 15 (Reuters) Parties linked to Ukraine's ''Orange Revolution'' that swept President Viktor Yushchenko to power are to sign an agreement on forming a parliamentary majority and government tomorrow, the president's office said.

It issued the statement on Monday after the Central Election Commission published final results from a parliamentary election giving two ''orange'' parties a majority of 228 seats -- two more than needed to win most votes in the 450-member chamber.

''There remains no more time for delay,'' the statement quoted Yushchenko as saying after meeting former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, head of the chamber's largest ''orange'' group, and leaders of the pro-presidential Our Ukraine party.

''This will enable the country to emerge from a vicious circle of crises and conflicts and open the way to the future.'' The Regions Party of the president's rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, remains the largest single group, but can only muster a coalition of 202 seats with its Communist allies.

Yushchenko appointed Tymoshenko prime minister of his first government after taking office in the aftermath of weeks of ''orange'' protests in 2004 against election fraud.

But she was fired within eight months and Yanukovich, beaten in the 2004 presidential poll, bounced back to become prime minister.

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