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March 02, 2010

Ukrainian Parliament Ousts Tymoshenko Government

The Ukrainian parliament has ousted the government of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in a no-confidence vote.

A majority of 243 lawmakers in the 450-member chamber on Wednesday approved the no-confidence measure brought by the party of Regions led by newly-elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

Mr. Yanukovych defeated Ms. Tymoshenko in a presidential runoff election last month.

Under Ukraine's constitution, the Tymoshenko government is automatically required to resign, although it can stay on as a caretaker until a new government is appointed.

Ms. Tymoshenko earlier indicated she would resign immediately, if the no-confidence measure was approved.

 

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