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Yulia Tymoshenko: Prime Minister, Ukraine, 2005, 2007-2010

Yulia Tymoshenko was the first female Prime Minister of Ukraine. Prior to her election, Tymoshenko played a key role in the Orange Revolution as an outspoken leader of the Ukranian opposition to former President Leonid Kuchma’s corrupt administration. She also has served as Chair of the Parliamentary Budget Committee and as Deputy Prime Minister of Fuel and Energy. She introduced important reforms in those positions, particularly ending much of the corruption in the energy sector. During her first term as Prime Minister she initiated bold attempts to re-privatize industrial assets. In 2005 Forbes Magazine named her the third most powerful woman in the world. In October 2011, Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison, but following the 2014 Ukranian Revolution, Parliament voted for her release in a 310-54 veto-proof vote. She, therefore, spent two-and-half-years in prison and she was released in 2014. Before becoming involved in politics, Tymoshenko directed several energy-related companies and served as President of United Energy Systems of Ukraine. She holds a PhD in economics. 

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