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Ukraine: A Maidan government or nothing says opposition

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Ukraine: A Maidan government or nothing says opposition


Protesters marched on Independence Square in Kyiv after staging a one-hour strike on Thursday called by an opposition leader and ex-boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko.

The walk-out came on the final day of the visit by the EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele. He had talked of the need for a new “inclusive government”. The opposition reiterated its stance on any compromise. They want to form “Maidan Government”.

“As for the post of prime minister there is no need to try and barter government portfolios with the opposition. Our position is clear, we do not accept the prime minister’s chair we will only accept the full responsibility of the country which means forming the cabinet of ministers,” Arseny Yatsenyuk Leader of the Fatherland Opposition Party told reporters.

President Yanukovych who had the second of his two meetings with the Stefan Fuele had already offered a coalition government to the opposition.

The EU Commissioner, who also visited those injured in three months of pro-EU protests, opposition casualties and wounded police officers, called on the two sides to agree on constitutional reform.

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