Ukraine parliament repeals anti-protest laws to calm street unrest
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.