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Ukraine parliament confirms pro-Western prime minister

Iran Press TV

Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:30PM GMT

Ukraine's parliament has confirmed pro-Western Arseniy Yatsenyuk as prime minister to lead a new coalition government.

The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine on Thursday voiced support for Yatsenyuk to keep his post as premier in its first sitting since pro-European parties won a majority in the October elections.

He managed to win the backing of 341 deputies out of 390.

The 40-year-old, who has held the position since the ouster of former president, Viktor Yanukovych, in February, said the new government should work to pull the country back from the brink of collapse.

"On our shoulders rests the weight of historical responsibility -- to preserve the state and win our independence," Yatsenyuk told lawmakers ahead of the vote, adding, "The country is at war and the people are in trouble."

The new Ukrainian government, which is expected to be unveiled next week, faces economy and currency that have failed since the crisis in February.

The clashes in the eastern part of the country between government forces and pro-Russians have also taken around one billion dollars from the Ukraine's budget.

The crisis has affected the region's coal mines and steel mills, which accounted for around a third of Ukraine's foreign currency earnings last year.

Yatsenyuk has warned that the economy could fall by seven percent this year.

Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Moscow activists and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence pro-Russians in mid-April.

Violence intensified in May after Donetsk and Lugansk regions held local referendums, in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine.


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