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Ukraine's Parliament Dismisses Foreign, Interior Ministers


Ukraine's parliament has voted to dismiss the country's foreign and interior ministers, dealing another blow to President Viktor Yushchenko.

The resolution to fire Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk secured 247 votes in the 450-seat assembly Friday. Minutes later, 248 lawmakers voted to oust Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko - who had barely survived a parliamentary attempt to dismiss him Thursday.

Lawmakers then named economist Vasil Tsushko the new interior minister.

Mr. Tarasyuk later called the vote illegitimate and said the question of his dismissal will be resolved by Ukraine's Supreme Court.

The two dismissed officials were some of Mr. Yushchenko's staunchest supporters. The Ukrainian president is in a power struggle with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

Mr. Yushchenko won Ukraine's 2004 presidential election after Ukraine's Supreme Court threw out an earlier victory by Mr. Yanukovych because of what it said was massive fraud.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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