Ukraine president defies parliament, tells FM to stay on

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has signed a decree ordering for the incumbent foreign minister to remain in office, the presidential press service said Tuesday.
KIEV, December 5 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has signed a decree ordering for the incumbent foreign minister to remain in office, the presidential press service said Tuesday.

Last Friday Ukraine's parliament voted to fire Borys Tarasyuk, a key supporter of the Western-leaning president.

Under Ukrainian law, the president is entitled to appoint the ministers of foreign affairs and defense.

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