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Ukraine PM: Yushchenko plots emergency

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is planning to declare a state of emergency in the country and cancel elections, a political opponent says.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says she wants to "stop this process" and accused Yushchenko of deliberately scheming to devalue Ukraine's currency, the hryvnia, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday.

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"The president's aim is not only to benefit at the cost of Ukraine's grief and with the backing of his supporters, but to also declare the country bankrupt, to make the country's economy absolutely unworkable and to use this base to continue his bungling rule and to introduce a state of emergency and cancel elections," Tymoshenko said.

Tymoshenko is also seeking Yushchenko's impeachment, media reports indicated.

Viktor Yanukovych, the leader of the opposition Party of Regions, told supporters that both Tymoshenko and Yushchenko should resign and let the country start fresh, the news service said.

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