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Ukrainian prime minister resigns

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government.


Arseny Yatseniuk
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Arseny Yatseniuk

Yatsenyuk made the announcement from the dais of the parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. "I am announcing my resignation in connect with the collapse of the coalition," Yatsenyuk said.

He said the parliament could no longer do its work and pass necessary laws.

The nationalist Svoboda party and the UDAR movement led by former boxer Vladimir Klitscho pulled out of the group of legislators that took over after former President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by protesters seeking closer ties with the European Union.

—By The Associated Press