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Ukrainian parliament elects new speaker

English.news.cn   2014-02-22 19:35:09

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.

Turchinov, 49, served as the first deputy prime minister in Tymoshenko's government from 2007 to 2010.

He was also the head of the Ukrainian Security Service during Viktor Yushchenko's presidency in 2005.

Earlier in the day, Rybak from the ruling Party of Regions resigned as the parliament speaker citing health reasons.

Editor: Yang Lina
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