|Ukraine: Parliament chief takes presidential power||| Print ||
|Written by JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press|
|Sunday, 23 February 2014 07:07|
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's newly emboldened legislature has voted to hand the president's powers to the parliament speaker.
The legitimacy of Sunday's vote is unclear. President Viktor Yanukovych has said that a flurry of parliament decisions in recent days are illegal.
The Verhovna Rada voted overwhelmingly to temporarily hand the president's powers to speaker Turchinov.
Oleksandr Turchinov is a close ally of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the president's main foe.
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