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Ukrainian assembly backs new PM
Yuri Yekhanurov (right) and President Viktor Yushchenko
President Yushchenko says Mr Yekhanurov offers stability
The Ukrainian parliament has approved President Viktor Yushchenko's choice of prime minister, Yuri Yekhanurov, at a second attempt.

Mr Yekhanurov was backed by 289 MPs in the 450-seat chamber in the vote broadcast live on television.

The president nominated his candidate earlier this month after sacking the government of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, accusing her of corruption.

He said anyone who supported stability should back his nomination.

When Mr Yekhanurov's candidacy was put to parliament on Tuesday, his nomination fell short of the required 226 votes by three.

Bury hatchet

Ms Tymoshenko's supporters were furious with Mr Yushchenko for sacking her while refusing to believe allegations of corruption against her main rival, Petro Poroshenko, the head of the national security council.

Ms Tymoshenko was a key figure alongside Mr Yushchenko in the so-called Orange Revolution that brought him to power after the disputed elections in December.

Sacking his former ally, the president criticised Ms Tymoshenko for "inept" policy, which he blamed for a slowdown in Ukraine's economic growth.

But on Thursday he told parliament to "bury the hatchet and forget where it lies", according to Itar-Tass news agency.

Among the MPs who backed Mr Yekhanurov's nomination were the Party of Regions of losing presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych.


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