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Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk resigns over coalition break-up

Published on Jul 24, 2014 10:57 PM
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (left) and Defence Minister Mykhaylo Koval arrive for a National Security and Defence Council sitting in Kiev on June 16, 2014. Mr Yatsenyuk on Thursday resigned in protest at the disbanding of the ruling parliamentary coalition. -- PHOTO: AFP 

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday resigned in a shock move in protest at the disbanding of the ruling parliamentary coalition, plunging the strife-torn nation into political uncertainty.

"I announce my resignation in connection with the dissolution of the parliamentary coalition and the blocking of government initiatives," a furious Mr Yatsenyuk told parliament.

Mr Yatsenyuk said the "government and the prime minister must resign" after the withdrawal of several parties triggered the break up of the European Choice parliamentary majority in a move that paved the way for long-awaited early legislative elections.

Parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov called on deputies to put forward immediately a candidate for a temporary premier "until parliamentary elections are held."

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