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Ukraine's President Poroshenko dissolves parliament

Published on Aug 26, 2014 5:32 AM
This handout picture taken and released by the presidential press-service shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during hisTV address to the nation in Kiev on August 25, 2014. Ukraine will hold early parliamentary elections on October 26 following the dissolution of the current assembly by Mr Poroshenko. -- PHOTO: AFP 

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Monday dissolved parliament, calling for early elections on Oct 26 as his country continues to grapple with a pro-Russian insurgency in the east.

"I have decided to terminate the powers of Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) early," his official website quoted him as saying. "The new parliament will be elected on October 26, 2014."

The dissolution of Ukraine's parliament has been widely expected after the ruling coalition collapsed more than a month ago and Poroshenko promised on Aug 1 to hold new polls in the coming months, rather than in 2017.

The president on Monday also accused some lawmakers of supporting the pro-Russian rebellion in the east of the country, where over 2,200 people have been killed in the past four months.

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