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Ukraine parliament ousts pro-Yanukovych foreign minister

Published on Feb 23, 2014 7:03 PM
 
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara at the 50th Munich Security Conference on Feb 1, 2014 in Munich, southern Germany. The Ukrainian parliament voted on Sunday to dismiss Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, forcing out an ally of President Viktor Yanukovych. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (REUTERS) - The Ukrainian parliament voted on Sunday to dismiss Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, forcing out an ally of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Kozhara has been closely involved in discussions with foreign powers over Yanukovych's decision to spurn political and trade deals with the European Union and rebuild economic ties wit Russia instead. A successor was not immediately named.

The chamber voted to oust Yanukovych on Saturday and agreed on Sunday to temporarily hand over the duties of president to the speaker of the assembly, Oleksander Turchinov.