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Early presidential elections in Ukraine to be held in December 2014

February 21, 2014, 22:43 UTC+3 KIEV
Earlier, President Viktor Yanukovich initiated early presidential elections and return the 2004 Constitution
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Viktor Yanukovich

Viktor Yanukovich

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KIEV, February 21. /ITAR-TASS/.  Early presidential elections in Ukraine will be held in December 2014, head of the Ukraine’s presidential administration Andrei Klyuyev said in a statement posted on the official website of the Ukrainian head of state late on Friday.

“Under the agreement on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine, early presidential elections are to be held in December 2014,” the statement says.

Earlier, President Viktor Yanukovich initiated early presidential elections and return the 2004 Constitution.

“I state that I initiate early presidential elections and return the 2004 Constitution by redistributing powers from the president to the parliament,” Yanukovich said.

The president called “for starting a procedure of forming a government of national trust”.

“As president of Ukraine and guarantor of the Constitution I do my duty before the people, Ukraine and God to preserve the state, people’s lives and for the sake of peace and calm on our land,” Yanukovich said.

The Party of Regions faction in the Ukrainian parliament has hailed President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to call the early presidential election, to restore the 2004 Constitution and to create a government of national unity, a parliamentarian from the faction, Vladimir Oleynik said.

“We support all decisions made by the president,” he said. “This is a compromise-based decision."

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