Opposition lawmaker elected Ukrainian interior minister

by Reuters
Saturday, 22 February 2014 11:23 GMT

KIEV, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Parliament in Ukraine elected opposition lawmaker Arsen Avakov as interior minister on Saturday until the formation of a new coalition government.

Avakov takes over the powerful post after lawmakers on Friday dismissed Vitaly Zakharchenko, an ally of embattled President Viktor Yanukovich, following two days of carnage in the capital, Kiev. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Alessandra Prentice)

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