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Ukrainian Parliament Votes To Hand Presidential Duties To Speaker

The Ukrainian parliament voted on February 23 to temporarily hand the duties of president to the parliament speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov. The deputy speaker, Ruslan Koshulinsky, put the measure to a vote in the Verkhovna Rada, which approved it without dissenting votes. Speaking outside the chamber, opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko told journalists that he will take part in the early presidential election, scheduled for May 25. (Reuters video)