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Parliament dismisses Ukraine leader

A day after dismissing Mr Viktor Yanukovich as president with the help of votes from his own party, Ukraine's Parliament yesterday handed his powers temporarily to Mr Oleksander Turchinov.

Mr Turchinov, who was elected Speaker on Saturday, called for an interim prime minister to be in place by tomorrow to run the country until the presidential election in May.

Parliament-appointed security officials announced legal moves against members of the ousted administration and those responsible for the attacks on demonstrators during last week's violence in the capital, Kiev, that left 82 people dead.