Ukraine to hold special session of parliament as unrest continues
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 01:37
Jan. 24 - President Viktor Yanukovich calls for a special session of parliament to address the unrest. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Under clouds of thick smoke, thousands of Ukrainian protesters remain camped out in the heart of Kiev.
As fires crackle, protesters wave their country's flag in the glow of burning embers as riot police watch from nearby.
Meanwhile, inside the presidential palace, it's business as usual for President Viktor Yanukovich.
In a meeting with religious leaders, he pledged to reshuffle his government and amend sweeping anti-protest laws at a special session of parliament next week.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINE'S PRESIDENT, VIKTOR YANUKOVICH, SAYING:
"We have agreed to hold an unscheduled session of Rada. It can be called extraordinary, not just unscheduled. During this unscheduled session we will discuss the new order of actions which is necessary today to take away sharp questions."
For the opposition, Yanukovich's moves come too little too late.
At a news conference, boxer-turned-opposition leader Vitalty Klitschko said real reforms are needed.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION LEADER, VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING:
"To change just ministers in not enough. People want to change the rules because they are already tried to live without rules. It's everybody (saying) no. You can buy any court, you can't find justice in our country. The system is totally corrupt. And that is why people right now are not happy."
For now, there's no telling when this political fire will end.
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