Communists in parliament teamed up with representatives of the oligarchs who control the country’s energy industry to vote Prime Minister Viktor Yushchenko out of office. Yushchenko had the last-minute, lukewarm support of President Leonid Kuchma, but even most Kuchma loyalists joined the majority in the 263-60 vote against the prime minister. Yushchenko, who polls say is the country’s most popular political figure, vowed “I will be back,” but parliamentary elections are over a year away and presidential elections are not until 2004. Ukraine seems headed for a long period of weak government. That will be nothing new: The next prime minister will be the ninth in ten years.