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Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko dissolved Parliament on Wednesday and called a snap election, dashing hopes for the revival of a pro-Western coalition and throwing the politically volatile ex-Soviet nation into further turmoil.
The vote will be the third parliamentary election in less than three years and will deal a blow to an economy already battered by the global financial crisis.
Speaking in a televised address to the nation aired late Wednesday, Yushchenko accused his Orange Revolution partner Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of ignoring national interests for the sake of acquiring power.
"I am deeply convinced that the democratic coalition was ruined by one thing -- the ambition of one person, the hunger for power ... and the dominance of personal interests over national ones," Yushchenko said.
Tymoshenko said calling an election before late November would be unconstitutional and has vowed to challenge such a decision.
Yushchenko defended his decision as the only way to preserve the country's democracy and national interests.
Yushchenko pulled out of the their nine-month-old coalition last month, after Tymoshenko sided with the opposition to trim his powers and over disagreements related to ties with Russia.
Andrei Portnov, deputy chief of the Tymoshenko Bloc in parliament, condemned the president's decision as "unconstitutional and senseless".
"What happened today was 100% provoked by the president, who is the one standing behind the coalition's collapse," he said.
"We will not vote for any bill legalising these anti-constitutional acts of the president."
Viktor Yanukovych, leader of the Party of Regions, described the dissolution of parliament as the "death knell" for Ukraine's current leadership, and said his party was ready fight an early election.