Ukraine prime minister resigns along with the entire government as anti-protest laws which sparked the riots are scrapped
Ukraine's prime minister Mykola Azarov resigned along with his entire cabinet today over the country's deepening political crisis, as parliament repealed harsh anti-protester laws.
- Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has resigned today along with the entire Ukrainian government
- Azarov said he was stepping down in a bid to ease 'a political compromise to peacefully resolve the conflict'
Azarov said he was stepping down in a bid to ease 'a political compromise to peacefully resolve the conflict' and preserve Ukraine's unity, adding that he had been forced to work in 'extreme conditions'.
In a statement on the presidential website prime minister Viktor Yanukovych said: 'I accept the resignation of Mykola Azarov and as a consequence the resignation of the entire Ukrainian government.' He added that Azarov will remain in a temporary role until a new government can be elected.
While the joint moves are a major concession to anti-government protesters across the country, they do not address the two key demands that Yanukovych himself stands down and that fresh elections are held.
Yanukovych has also suggested he will offer an amnesty for arrested protesters on the condition that demonstrators stopped occupying buildings and ended their round-the-clock protests on Kiev's central Independence Square.
Azarov was a fierce political leader loyal to the president, who once told his critics to 'piss off'. The Russian national has been the target of opposition ridicule in the past for his inability to speak Ukrainian.