Ukrainian Parliament Chief Takes Presidential Power


UPDATED: Sunday February 23, 2014 9:44 AM

Ukraine's newly emboldened legislature has voted to hand the president's powers to the parliament speaker, Oleksandr Turchinov.
    
They also voted to remove a string of government ministers and tried to work out a coalition government.
    
The legitimacy of Sunday's vote is unclear. President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) has said that a flurry of parliament decisions in recent days are illegal.
    
Turchinov is a close ally of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (YOOL'-yah tee-moh-SHEN'-koh), the president's main foe.
    
The dawn has revealed a calm not seen in some time in the center of Ukraine's capital after the stunning reversal of fortune in Ukraine's political crisis.
    
The whereabouts of Yanukovych are unclear, a day after he left Kiev for his support base in the country's Russian-speaking east.
    
Ukrainian news agencies, citing the deputy head of the State Border Service, report that a chartered airplane with Yanukovych onboard was denied permission to take off from a city in eastern Ukraine.

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