Ukraine parliament approves pro-EU Yatsenyuk as premier

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, one of the leaders of the opposition Batkivshchyna party, gestures as he speaks during a Ukrainian opposition rally on Independence Square in Kiev on Feb 9, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on Thursday approved the nomination of pro-EU Y
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, one of the leaders of the opposition Batkivshchyna party, gestures as he speaks during a Ukrainian opposition rally on Independence Square in Kiev on Feb 9, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on Thursday approved the nomination of pro-EU Yatsenyuk as the crisis-hit country's new prime minister until presidential polls are held in May. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's parliament on Thursday approved the nomination of pro-EU Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the crisis-hit country's new prime minister until presidential polls are held in May.

Mr Yatsenyuk was one of the most prominent leaders of the three-month anti-government protests that swept Ukraine, culminating in deadly violence last week that precipitated the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych and the collapse of his entire government.

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