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Ukraine's President calls election

Ukraine's President calls election
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Ukraine’s President, Viktor Yuschenko, has announced he’s dissolving parliament in an effort to end a long-running power struggle. It’s thought snap elections will now be held within six weeks.

The row erupted this weekend after mass demonstrations following constitutional changes which reduced the President’s authority and gave more power to the pro-Russian ruling coalition run by his arch-rival, Viktor Yanukovich.

The President accuses the Prime Minister of expanding his majority in Parliament in a way that no longer reflects what Ukrainians voted for in elections held a year ago.