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Ukrainian Parliament Dismisses Government

Ukraine's parliament has voted to oust the government of pro-Moscow Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. The move came as European and Russian mediators continue their efforts to resolve the crisis over Ukraine's disputed presidential run-off election.

Meanwhile, Mister Yanukovych, who was declared the winner, is calling on the Supreme Court to declare the run-off results invalid, after the outgoing President called for an entirely new election.

Urkraine's parliament narrowly passed a motion of no-confidence in the government of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. In a secret ballot, lawmakers chose to dismiss the government and replace it with an interim administration.

Outgoing President Leonid Kuchma must now appoint a caretaker government, if he is to follow constitutional procedure. Earlier, Mister Kuchma said he wants to hold an entirely new election, calling any repeat of the run-off vote a "farce."

Mister Yanukovych was declared the winner of the November 21st election, but his opponent, pro-Western candidate Viktor Yushchenko, said the election was rigged, and demanded a new vote.

There have been massive protests in several cities across Ukraine, as tens of thousands of Yushchenko supporters have called on the government to invalidate the results.

The country's Supreme Court is deliberating the matter.