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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.

Lawmakers adjourned at mid-afternoon without picking a new prime minister and will reconvene Feb. 24 at 4 p.m., when it is expected to name a new prime minister and possibly vote to approve an association agreement with the European Union, the same deal
that ex-President Viktor Yanukovych rejected on Nov. 21, a decision that led to
his downfall.

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. 

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