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Ukraine leader offers concessions

Kiev, Jan. 24 (AP): President Viktor Yanukovych promised today to reshuffle his government, free scores of protesters from jail and make other concessions after demonstrations against him spread from Ukraine’s besieged capital to nearly half of the country.

At a meeting with religious leaders, Yanukovych vowed that a special parliament meeting next Tuesday will push through changes to his cabinet, grant amnesty to dozens of jailed activists who are not guilty of serious crimes and will change harsh anti-protest legislation.

The protest law enacted last week appeared to have backfired on Yanukovych, sparking confrontations in which demonstrators threw stones and firebombs at police. The violence was a harsh contrast to the determined peacefulness of the anti-government protests that have gripped the country for two months.

 
 
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