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Ukraine's Parliament Confirms Tymoshenko as Prime Minister


Ukraine's parliament has overwhelmingly confirmed Yulia Tymoshenko as the country's prime minister.

The vote was 373 in favor out of the 450-member chamber.

Earlier, President Viktor Yushchenko told lawmakers in Kiev Ms. Tymoshenko had earned his and the nation's trust. Calling her his political partner, Mr. Yushchenko said she can be trusted to organize a new government.

Ukraine's parliament Tuesday postponed a hearing on Ms. Tymoshenko's confirmation as her broad coalition was reported to be finalizing the makeup of a new cabinet.

Meanwhile, President Yushchenko is reported Friday to have dismissed three deputy prime ministers, 15 cabinet ministers and several other officials in a move political observers say was expected as the new government is being formed.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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