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Parliament is dissolved

World Briefing / UKRAINE

October 09, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko dissolved parliament and called an early election, dashing hopes for the revival of a pro-West coalition.

The vote will be the third parliamentary election in as many years and deals a severe blow to an economy already battered by the global financial crisis. The date of the election was not announced.

The decision culminates a fierce battle between Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, his estranged former partner in the Orange Revolution that shook this former Soviet republic loose from the grip of Russian influence.

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