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Mokhnytsky’s promise came as parliament convened in special session today approve many laws, including naming Verkhovna Rada speaker Oleksandr Turchinov as the nation’s acting president.

Yulia Tymoshenko, the two-time prime minister who has been touted for the job since her Feb. 22 release from a penitentiary hospital  in Kharkiv, took herself out of the running today. Parliament voted unanimously to free her, since her abuse-of-office conviction in 2011 is widely considered to be political persecution by Yanukovych. 

“I was surprised to find out that I was offered as a candidate for prime minister of Ukraine. Nobody discussed this issue with me. Thanks for the support, but please do not consider my candidacy for the head of the government,” according to her statement on the Batkivshchyna Party website.

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