Ukrainian opposition fails in no-confidence vote against govt.

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Ukraine's parliament has voted against a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's government initiated by the opposition Party of Regions.
KIEV, February 5 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's parliament has voted against a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's government initiated by the opposition Party of Regions.

A total of 203 MPs voted for the motion, with 226 required for it to pass.

The pro-Russian Party of Regions demanded on Thursday early parliamentary and presidential elections.

"There is only one way out of this [political crisis]. We need to change the president, the government and the parliament," party leader Viktor Yanukovych said in parliament.

Tymoshenko on Thursday addressed parliament with a report on the government's work to overcome the economic crisis.

A public opinion poll conducted by Ukraine's influential Strategic Studies Institute on January 28 - February 3 showed that Yanukovych would gain the most votes if presidential elections were next Sunday.

A total of 23.2% of respondents would vote for Yanukovych, 12.9% for current premier Tymoshenko, 9.9% for ex Supreme Rada Speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk and 8.7% for incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko.

A total of 2,012 people were polled in all Ukrainian regions. Statistical margin of error was 2.3%.

The next presidential elections are due to be held in late 2009 or early 2010, with the exact date to be set by parliament.

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