The Ukrainian parliament ousted the government of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in a no-confidence vote on Wednesday, dealing a final blow to the leadership of the pro-Western Orange Revolution and leaving her to lead the opposition in parliament.
The vote followed weeks of shifting alliances in the parliament after the pro-Western Tymoshenko lost her bid for the presidency to Kremlin-friendly Viktor Yanukovych.
Yanukovych has moved quickly to consolidate power, and secured a major victory as the no-confidence resolution passed with 243 votes in the 450-seat chamber, The Associated Press reports.
Tymoshenko lost the February 7 presidential runoff vote, securing 3.5% less than her bitter rival Yanukovych, who was sworn in as president on February 25.
Tymoshenko, a flamboyant and colorful politician, was born in Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine in 1960, and became a fearless, but not pragmatic political fighter.
Tymoshenko was a businesswoman in the 1980s, engaged in video clubs in the dying years of the Soviet Union.
In the early 1990s, she became the head of a gasoline company and in 1995 president of Ukraine's Unified Energy System corporation, a key importer of Russian natural gas to Ukraine in 1996, and was immediately dubbed "a gas princess," RIA Novosti informs.