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The move was approved by 310 deputies. The chamber is controlled by a majority backing President Viktor Yanukovich.

The timing means the election will fall after the Euro-2012 soccer championship, which the ex-Soviet republic is co-hosting, and the Yanukovich camp and his Regions Party clearly expect to gain political ground from holding a successful tournament.

"The winning strategy of those in power foresees unpopular reforms in 2011 and then in 2012 the launch of socially oriented programmes and, after a successful Euro-2012, riding into elections on a white steed," said analyst Volodymyr Fesenko of the Penta analytical centre.

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