KIEV, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine's parliament on Thursday approved Arseny Yatsenyuk as the country's new prime minister.
Yatsenyuk's appointment was supported by 371 lawmakers in the 450-member assembly, after leaders of the country's anti-government protest movement proposed Yatsenyuk's nomination on Wednesday.
Yatsenyuk, a 39-year-old politician, economist and lawyer, served as economy minister, foreign minister, and parliament speaker between 2005 and 2008.
Addressing lawmakers at the parliament, Yatsenyuk said Ukraine is facing many political, social and economic challenges.
He said that the main task for his government is to lift Ukraine's economy, preserve the territorial integrity of the state and follow the course toward European integration.
Describing the members of the new cabinet as "political kamikaze," Yatsenyuk said that his government has to make unpopular decisions, which would displease many Ukrainians in the short term.
Yatsenyuk said he would not run for president in the upcoming elections scheduled for May 25.
Yatsenyuk is one of the leaders of the anti-government protests which began last November to back the country's European integration.
After the violent turn of the protests on Feb. 18, which left more than 80 people dead, the parliament sacked President Yanukovych and dismissed the government.
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