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    The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday approved a new government led by newly appointed Prime Minister Mykola Azaro

    The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday approved a new government led by newly appointed Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.

    The 450-seat Supreme Rada carried the decision with 240 votes against a required minimum of 226.

    The first deputy prime minister is Andriy Klyuev, while one of the deputy prime ministers is Sergei Tigipko, who came in third in the recent presidential poll.

    The other deputy prime ministers are Boris Kolesnikov, Volodymyr Seminozhenko, Volodymyr Sivkovich, Viktor Slauta and Viktor Tikhonov.

    Ukraine's new foreign minister is Kostyantyn Hryshchenko, former ambassador to Russia, and the new defense minister is Myhailo Yezhel, former Navy commander.

    The Rada also appointed Fedir Yaroshenko as finance minister and Vasyl Tsushko as economics minister. Tsushko served as interior minister in 2006-2007.

    The new interior minister is Maj. Gen. Anatoliy Mohilev.

    KIEV, March 11 (RIA Novosti)

     

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