Ukrainian lawmakers applaud after voting during a parliamentary session in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. In back-to-back moves to try and resolve Ukraine’s political crisis, the prime minister submitted his resignation and parliament repealed anti-protest laws that had set off violent clashes between demonstrators and police. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In back-to-back moves aimed at defusing Ukraine’s political crisis, the prime minister resigned Tuesday and parliament repealed anti-protest laws that had set off violent clashes between protesters and police.
The two developments were significant concessions to the anti-government protesters who have fought sporadically with police for the last 10 days after two months of peaceful around-the-clock demonstrations.
The protests erupted after President Viktor Yanukovych turned toward Russia for a bailout loan instead of signing a deal with the European Union and have since morphed into a general plea for more human rights, less corruption and more democracy in this nation of 45 million.
The departure of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov removes one of the officials most disliked by the opposition forces whose protests have turned parts of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, into a Login to read more