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Ukraine parliament repeals anti-protest laws to calm street unrest

Published on Jan 28, 2014 7:50 PM

KIEV (REUTERS) - Ukraine's parliament, in a concession which drew wild cheers from protesters on the streets of Kiev, voted to repeal a set of anti-protest laws which had triggered violent unrest in the capital.

Acting to calm unrest on the streets and mass demonstrations against President Viktor Yanukovich's rule, a large majority of deputies - including Yanukovich loyalists - voted in favour of revoking the legislation they had rammed through on Jan 16.

Earlier, as parliament gathered in emergency session to find a solution to two months of protests, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov tendered his resignation, saying he hoped his departure would help towards a peaceful resolution.

While Yanukovich loyalists in his Party of Regions said they had acted in the best interest of Ukraine to find a compromise, opposition leaders said the protest movement would press for more gains.

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