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    The incumbent Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has been approved by the country's parliament to occupy the same position in the newly formed government.

    KIEV, November 27 (Sputnik) – The Ukrainian parliament Thursday approved incumbent Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in his current position in the newly formed government.

    Needing at least 226 votes to win, Yatsenyuk received 341 votes from the lawmakers.

    "Honorable Mr. President, you can count on my full support in everything you have just said from this tribune. It is our common responsibility," Yatsenyuk said, addressing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko prior to his approval.

    According to law, the Ukrainian parliament forms a list of government officials and passes its nominee for prime minister to the country’s president for approval. Poroshenko has earlier said that he is prepared to approve Yatsenyuk to head the country's newly formed government.

    Early parliamentary elections in Ukraine took place on October 26. Poroshenko's party, the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, won a total of 132 seats, with People's Front, Samopomich, Radical Party, Batkivshchyna and the Opposition Bloc gaining 82, 32, 22, 17 and 27 seats respectively. Five political factions have formed a coalition in Ukraine's parliament, becoming the majority.

    Earlier today, Volodymyr Hroisman was elected as parliamentary speaker.

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    parliamentary coalition, Verhovna Rada, Petro Poroshenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine
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