Ukraine parliament ousts pro-Yanukovich foreign minister

The Ukrainian parliament voted to dismiss Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara.

Ukraine parliament ousts pro-Yanukovich foreign minister

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Ukrainian parliament voted on Sunday to dismiss Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, forcing out an ally of President Viktor Yanukovich.

Kozhara has been closely involved in discussions with foreign powers over Yanukovich's decision to spurn political and trade deals with the European Union and rebuild economic ties wit Russia instead. A successor was not immediately named.

Ukraine parliament speaker takes on duties of president

Parliament in Ukraine also voted to temporarily hand over the duties of president to the speaker of the assembly, Oleksander Turchinov.

Lawmakers had already backed a motion on Saturday to oust President Viktor Yanukovich, who had abandoned the capital for eastern Ukraine and denounced what he called a "coup d'etat". 

Last Mod: 23 Şubat 2014, 12:56
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