x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Ukraine’s parliament calls for early presidential elections

Ukraine's parliament removes Viktor Yanukovich and sets May 25 as date for early presidential elections.

KIEV // Ukraine’s parliament has voted to call early presidential elections for May 25.

The decision comes just hours after embattled President Viktor Yanukovich said he wouldn’t respect any decisions made by parliament.

Under an agreement reached Friday between Mr Yanukovich and leaders of the opposition protests that have brought Ukraine into crisis, early elections were to be held no later than December.

But the possibility that he could remain in office for the rest of the year angered protesters who want his immediate departure.

* AP