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Ukraine PM offers Opposition govt posts

Kiev, Jan. 25 (Reuters): Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered the Opposition top government posts today, hoping to coax his opponents into ending protests.

After meeting Opposition leaders, Yanukovich offered former economy minister Arseny Yatsenyuk the post of Prime Minister to replace Mykola Azarov and whose government would be expected to resign, the presidential website said.

Vitaly Klitschko, a former international boxing champion, would be appointed deputy Prime Minister responsible for humanitarian issues, it added. There was no immediate reaction from the Opposition leaders, who have been calling for the dismissal of Azarov’s government since unrest broke out two months ago after Yanukovich rejected a trade deal with the EU.

 
 
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