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Ukraine parliament votes to sack interior minister

Ukrainian Internal Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko arrives to attend a cabinet meeting to be led by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

KIEV: Ukraine's parliament on Friday voted to dismiss acting Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko for using "violence" against protesters during the wave of street unrest.

Zakharchenko is a hated figure on Kiev's Independence Square because of several police crackdowns on anti-government protesters. His dismissal will be seen as a victory for the protest movement.

 

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