World Bulletin / News Desk
Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov after Parliament repealed the anti-protest laws that sparked months of unrest in Kiev.
According to a government statement made on Tuesday morning, Azarov resigned in a bid to end weeks of political crisis in the country, and to reinforce political compromise.
The president on accepting the resignation asked the cabinet to remain in their posts until a new government is formed. Azarov will also stay on in an acting role.
Parliament met on Tuesday to repeal nine out of 12 anti-protest laws that were passed on January 16 that banned unsanctioned gatherings and mass demonstrations.
361 lawmakers voted to abolish the laws, two voted against, and 49 abstained.
Protests have been staged in Kiev since early December, when President Viktor Yanukovych decided not to sign a trade agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
The government said on its website that the protesters pose a threat to the country's economic and social development, as well as a threat to each and every Ukrainian citizen.
President Viktor Yanukovych met with the three opposition leaders yesterday, repeating his offer to the main opposition leader, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to assume the post of prime minister.
Yatsenyuk, however, turned down the president's offer.
US welcomes Ukrainian PM’s resignation
US Vice President Joe Biden welcomed progress in ending Ukraine’s political unrest while speaking with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Tuesday.
Yanukovych phoned Biden to appraise the Vice President of updates on the ongoing crisis. Biden “urged President Yanukovych to sign the parliament’s repeal of several of the January 16 laws without delay,” according to the White House.
He further advised the Ukranian president to continue to work with the opposition to reach compromises to build a lasting peace.
According to the White House, “These include an amnesty law and a new government that can bring political unity, win the confidence of the Ukrainian people, and take Ukraine in the direction of Europe by strengthening democratic institutions and making the reforms necessary to achieve economic prosperity.”
Tuesday's call is the third time the two leaders have spoken in less than a week.
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