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Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Stands By Dismissal

Parliament Speaker Lytvyn (file photo) (epa) 13 January 2006 -- Ukraine's parliament speaker says he doesn't believe lawmakers will cancel their vote to sack the government of Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov.

Volodymyr Lytvyn told reporters in Kyiv the decision to dismiss the government was "just."

Lytvyn's comments come after President Viktor Yushchenko called on lawmakers to reconsider their decision.

Parliament on 10 January voted to dismiss Yekhanurov and his government over a controversial gas deal with Russia.

Both Yushchenko and Yekhanurov have described the move as anti-constitutional and have said the government will continue working until parliamentary elections in March.

Yushchenko is due to address the nation on television later today.

(compiled from agency reports)

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