Ukraine’s three political opposition leaders rejected a proposal by President Viktor Yanukovych to end the nation’s political crisis because it did not include early presidential elections or cancellation of the January 16 laws curbing free speech and free assembly.
In three hours of talks, Yanukovych on January 25 agreed to dismiss Mykola Azarov as prime minister and appoint opposition leader Arseniy Yatseniuk instead, with fellow opposition leader Vitali Klitschko as deputy prime minister. Yanukovych also agreed to release detainees arrested during more than two months of anti-government demonstrations.
“No deal,” Yatseniuk, who leads the Batkivshchyna Party of imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, tweeted to Yanukovych. “We’re finishing what we started. The people decide our leaders, not you.”
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