KIEV, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine's Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Rybak resigned on Saturday due to health reasons, Vice Speaker Ruslan Koshulinsky said.
"I want to inform you that today Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Rybak tendered his resignation due to illness and treatment. He asked to be relieved from his duties as chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament)," Koshulinsky told a parliament meeting.
Rybak, 68, is known as one of the "founding fathers" of the ruling Party of Regions and a long-term ally of President Viktor Yanukovych.
He was elected the parliament speaker in December 2012 for a five-year term.
Ukrainian parliament elects new speaker
KIEV, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Alexandr Turchinov, an ally of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, was elected Ukraine's new parliament speaker on Saturday after his predecessor Volodymyr Rybak resigned due to health reasons.
Turchinov, a long-term lawmaker and a first deputy chairman of the opposition Fatherland party, won 288 of the 326 votes cast in the 450-seat parliament. Full story