Ally of Ukraine's Tymoshenko named interim interior minister

AFP , Saturday 22 Feb 2014

A close ally of Ukraine's jailed opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko was named interim interior minister on Saturday, replacing a man blamed for ordering police to open fire on protesters.

Arsen Avakov was elected to the post during an animated parliament session shortly after Tymoshenko's right-hand man was voted in as parliament speaker, as the regime of embattled president Viktor Yanukovych appeared close to collapse.

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