February 23, 2014 / 2:11 PM / 4 years ago

Ukraine's Tymoshenko says she does not want post of prime minister

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, freed from prison guard on Saturday after her arch-rival President Viktor Yanukovich fled Kiev, said on Sunday she did not want to be considered for the post of prime minister.

Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko addresses anti-government protesters gathered at Independence Square in Kiev February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Earlier, her supporters in parliament said she was one of the three favorites to be named to head a government of national unity.

“It was a surprise for me when I heard that I was being proposed for the post of prime minister. Nobody agreed this with me or discussed it with me.

“I am grateful for the respect this shows, but I ask not to be considered for this post,” she said in comments on her website.

Her comments suggested that Tymoshenko - who was narrowly defeated by Yanukovich for the presidency in February 2010 and was later jailed in 2011 for abuse of office as prime minister - may be eying another run to be head of state.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing By Richard Balmforth

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