Ukraine in turmoil as Parliament removes President from office

Ukraine in turmoil as Parliament removes President from office

From CNN: Embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych insisted in an interview aired on Ukrainian TV Saturday that he is not resigning and not leaving the country.

Around the same time, an opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, was freed from prison.

Ukraine’s Parliament voted unanimously to remove Yanukovych from office. It’s not clear if this is binding.

The Parliament also voted to hold new elections on May 25, a key opposition demand.

At the heart of the protests is a trade pact. For a year, President Viktor Yanukovych insisted he was intent on signing a historical political and trade agreement with the European Union. But on November 21, he decided to suspend talks with the EU.

Street protests that started in November over the trade pact have swelled into something much bigger — a demand that the President loosen his grip on power and the constitution be changed. As a result, the eastern European country is in the midst of a wave of anti-government protests, the likes of which it hasn’t seen in 10 years.

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