Ukraine PM resigns amid parliamentary turmoil

The announcement was made after the withdrawal of parties from the ruling coalition [Reuters]

Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigns in protest at the disbanding of the ruling coalition ahead of early parliamentary polls.

Ukraine’s prime minister has announced his resignation in protest of the disbanding of the ruling coalition in parliament following the withdrawal of several pro-European parties.

“I announce my resignation in connection with the dissolution of the parliamentary coalition and the blocking of government initiatives,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Thursday, after several parties withdrew from the majority European Choice coalition in anticipation of early parliamentary polls.

Earlier on Thursday, Oleksandr Turchynov, the speaker, announced the formal dissolution of the ruling coalition, giving president Petro Poroshenko the right over the next month to announce fresh elections.

The announcement was triggered by the withdrawal of several parties – including the pro-European Udar party of former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko and the Fatherland group of ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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