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Ukraine's Yanukovich, opposition agree to repeal some anti-protest laws

An anti-government protester flies a Ukrainian flag from barricades at the site of clashes with police in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
An anti-government protester flies a Ukrainian flag from barricades at the site of clashes with police in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A medical volunteer stands between anti-government protesters at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A medical volunteer stands between anti-government protesters at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Anti-government protesters look out from barricades at the site of clashes with police in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Anti-government protesters look out from barricades at the site of clashes with police in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Anti-government protesters look out from barricades at the site of clashes with police in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Anti-government protesters look out from barricades at the site of clashes with police in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Anti-government protesters look out from barricades at the site of clashes with police in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Anti-government protesters look out from barricades at the site of clashes with police in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich (second left) meets with opposition leaders (right, front-back) Oleh Tyahnybok, Vitaly Klitschko and Arseny Yatsenyuk in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. Mr Yanukovich and opposition leaders on Monday agreed to repeal some
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich (second left) meets with opposition leaders (right, front-back) Oleh Tyahnybok, Vitaly Klitschko and Arseny Yatsenyuk in Kiev on Jan 27, 2014. Mr Yanukovich and opposition leaders on Monday agreed to repeal some anti-protest laws at a special session of parliament aimed at defusing two months of unrest against Mr Yanukovich's rule. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (REUTERS) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders on Monday agreed to repeal some anti-protest laws at a special session of parliament aimed at defusing two months of unrest against Mr Yanukovich's rule.

The presidential website quoted Justice Minister Olena Lukash, who was present at the talks, as saying Tuesday's crunch session of parliament would also discuss the issue of the government's "responsibility".

But she added that former Economy Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, one of the opposition leaders, had formally turned down the offer of the post of prime minister which was made by Mr Yanukovich at the weekend.

The sides also agreed that prisoners detained by police in the unrest should be granted an amnesty, though Mr Yanukovich had made this conditional on protesters relinquishing control of all premises and roads they had seized.

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