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Ukrainian Deputy PM Resigns To Protest PM Reappointment

First Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky
Acting First Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky has resigned from Ukraine's interim government to protest Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's reappointment for a second term.

Khoroshkovsky's office said on December 14 that he considered Azarov "incapable of carrying out economic reforms" or of defending Ukraine's course for European integration.

One day earlier, Ukraine's newly elected parliament approved Azarov as prime minister during a vote overshadowed by a violent brawl between government supporters and opposition lawmakers.

President Viktor Yanukovych dismissed Azarov and the entire cabinet of ministers earlier this month, citing the election of many government members as lawmakers in the new parliament.

Based on reporting by Reuters, Interfax, and ITAR-TASS