Ukrainian opposition fails to oust Azarov Cabinet in vote
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s government survived its first no-confidence vote after the opposition failed to garner enough support to break a legislative impasse. The motion in the Kiev-based parliament was backed by 190 lawmakers, short of the 226 needed to pass. Opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk pledged to call another vote against the Cabinet. The opposition controls 173 seats in the 450-member legislature. Work in Parliament has been frozen because the parties of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko and the Svoboda party have been unable to push through a date for Kiev mayoral elections and annul a pension law that increases the retirement age for women as well as the no-confidence vote. President Viktor Yanukovych’s Regions of Ukraine Party came into the current parliament with 185 seats following the last elections. It expanded its control to 207 seats as of Friday as some independent lawmakers elected in single-mandate districts joined it.
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