Ukrainian President Formally Sets Early-Election Date
<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/DCB2EBB1-3C64-4439-9533-0275E133EDE4_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="Yushchenko (left) and Yanukovych on June 2 (official site)"> <img alt="Yushchenko (left) and Yanukovych on June 2 (official site)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/DCB2EBB1-3C64-4439-9533-0275E133EDE4_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>Yushchenko (left) and Yanukovych on June 2 (official site)</p></div>June 5, 2007 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has formally set early parliamentary elections for September 30.
His decree follows the parliament's approval of a package of laws allowing the vote to proceed.
The snap elections are part of a deal reached on May 27 by Yushchenko and his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, to end a two-month political standoff.
Yanukovych and his parliamentary majority had initially defied Yushchenko's April 2 order to dissolve parliament and call early elections.
(AFP, Interfax, ITAR-TASS)