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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Ukraine votes in new prime minister

Published 27/02/2014 | 13:52

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Arseniy Yatsenyuk has been approved as Ukraine's new Prime Minister (AP)

Ukraine's parliament has approved Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the country's new prime minister.

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The vote was held today amid the sharp rise in tensions in the southern Crime region, where gunmen seized local government buildings and raised a Russian flag.

The 39-year-old Yatsenyuk has previously served as the economy minister and foreign minister, and a speaker of parliament.

He was approved by 371 votes in the 450-member parliament.

Earlier he said the country's future lies in the European Union but with friendly relations with Russia.

Yatsenyuk said Ukraine doesn't want a fight with Russia, but insisted the country wouldn't accept the secession of the southern Crimea region. He said Crimea "has been and will be a part of Ukraine."

He said tough reforms are needed to prevent Ukraine, divided in loyalties between Russia and the West, from collapsing economically and politically.

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