Ukrainian PM offers resignation as parliament repeals anti-protest laws
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 01:27
Jan. 28 - After two months of escalating unrest in Ukraine, two political changes hope to bring peaceful solution. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Ukraine loses its prime minister and a controversial anti-protest law.
In an attempt to help find a peaceful solution to ongoing unrest, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov offered to resign on Tuesday.
Under the constitution, the departure of the prime minister means the resignation of the entire government -- a wish from some protesters.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) KIEV CITIZEN, VOLODIMYR, SAYING:
"I think that the will of the people will be to replace all those in power, then people would definitely leave the streets, destroy all these barricades and bring Kiev back to order. People want all those in power all over the country to be replaced."
Azarov announced his decision as parliament voted to repeal an anti-protest law enacted last week.
That law spurred violent demonstrations throughout Kiev and the rest of the country.
From behind massive barricades that have been a mainstay in recent weeks, protesters are not impressed.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) PROTESTER VOLODYMIR, SAYING:
"My personal opinion is that this government is incapable of being honest, and they have proven it on multiple occasions. There has never been a government that would so blatantly lie to its people and not value its people."
What originally started as a protest against President Viktor Yanukovich's u-turn on an economic deal, demonstrations have turned against misrule and corruption in the government.
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