Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, center, speaks during the Ukrainian parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, April 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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The speaker of the Ukrainian parliament was elected prime minister on Thursday in what could mark an end to a months-long government crisis in a country crippled by a separatist war in the east.The Supreme Rada on Thursday voted 250-57 for Volodymyr Groysman, who was nominated by President Petro Poroshenko.While presenting Groysman's nomination at the parliament Poroshenko mentioned that he originally wanted a "technocrat government" in an apparent reference to Jaresko but the governing coalition opposed. Jaresko helped to negotiate a deal to restructure Ukraine's $15 billion debt and has been negotiating a bail-out with the International Monetary Fund. Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and a leading figure behind Ukraine's 2005 revolution, announced after the vote that her party will oppose the new government.
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