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Ukrainian Parliament chief takes presidential powers

02-24-2014 03:26 BJT

Ukrainian legislators have temporarily given the role of president to the speaker of parliament, Oleksandr Turchinov, after stripping President Viktor Yanukovych of his powers on Sunday. Turchinov is a close ally of opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko, who was released from prison on Saturday.

Turchinov told members of Parliament they had until Tuesday to form a new unity government. Parliament also voted to seize Yanukovych's luxury estate near Kiev, which protesters entered on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the country's Foreign Minister, Leonid Kozhara, as well as the country's Education Minister have been dismissed. Arrest warrants were also issued for the former "Incomes Minister" and the former Prosecutor-General.

Parliament has also lowered the official status of the Russian language, cancelling a law brought in by Yanukovych. Yanukovich remains at an undisclosed location somewhere in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian health ministry says 88 people are now known to have been killed in clashes since February 18th.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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