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Ukrainian President Reinstates Minister Fired by Parliament


Reformist Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has issued a decree overruling last week's parliamentary vote dismissing Foreign Minister Boris Tarasyuk.

The decree, issued Tuesday in Kyiv, says Tarasyuk will continue to carry out his duties.

Parliament, which is controlled by the president's arch-rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, dismissed Tarasyuk and Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko Friday.

Both fired ministers backed Mr. Yushchenko's efforts to build closer ties to western Europe. Tarasyuk later called the vote illegitimate and said the question of his dismissal would be resolved by the Ukrainian Supreme Court.

Like Mr. Yushchenko's Our Ukraine party, Tarasyuk's People's Movement of Ukraine party has strongly backed NATO membership, and has called for a reduction in Russia's influence in Ukraine.

For his part, Prime Minister Yanukovych and his supporters have pushed for closer ties with Moscow.

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 AFP, AP and Reuters.

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