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Besieged Ukraine president could call early elections to untangle crisis

Published on Feb 4, 2014 3:53 PM
 
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych at a press conference in Vienna on Nov 21, 2013. Mr Yanukovych could call early elections if there are no other ways out of the crisis, his representative has told Parliament. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych could call early elections if there are no other ways out of the crisis, his representative has told Parliament.

Mr Yuriy Miroshnichenko said Mr Yanukovych spoke at a meeting with lawmakers last week of "two possible scenarios" to end a two-month crisis.

"The first is the release of occupied buildings and an amnesty, and the second is early elections. The amnesty is not working out," Mr Miroshnychenko told AFP, referring to the release of detained protesters.

The opposition wants protesters freed unconditionally, while Mr Yanukovych and his ruling Regions Party say this can only happen if occupied buildings, including ministries and regional government offices, are vacated within the next few days.

 
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