February 23, 2014
INSTABILITY R US:
Ukrainian parliament appoints speaker Oleksander Turchinov as interim president (Deitsche Welle, 2/23/14)
Posted by Orrin Judd at February 23, 2014 6:50 AMThe Ukrainian parliament on Sunday voted by an overwhelming margin to temporarily hand over the duties of president to parliament speaker Oleksander Turchinov until new elections are held on May 25.The decision comes one day after parliament voted to oust President Viktor Yanukovych. The legitimacy of the vote remains unclear.Turchinov is a close ally of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was freed from prison on Saturday after parliament voted for her immediate release. [...]The United States and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) offered Sunday to assist Ukraine in rebuilding its debt-laden economy following the recent tumult.