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Daily Nation : February 24th 2014
28 | International News DAILY NATION Monday February 24, 2014 POWER | Opposition supporters remain in Independence Square Ukraine’s parliament speaker new president Just a few hours ago, former prime minister Tymoshenko was still under guard in hospital serving a jail term KIEV, Sunday P arliament in Ukraine has named its speaker as interim president. Mr Oleksandr Turchynov takes charge following the dismissal of President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday. Mr Turchynov told MPs they had until Tuesday to form a new unity government. Parliament also voted to seize Mr Yanukovych’s luxury estate near Kiev, which protesters entered on Saturday. The whereabouts of Mr Yanukovych, who described parliament’s decision to vote him out as a coup, remain unclear. Thousands of opposition supporters remain in Independence Square, where the atmosphere is described as calm. Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko: “Protesters should stay in square” Late on Saturday, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, freed from detention in the eastern city of Kharkiv after a vote in parliament, urged opposition supporters in Independence Square to continue protesting. Her release was one of the condi- tions of the EU-Ukraine trade pact that President Yanukovych rejected last year - triggering the protests that led to the current crisis. The health ministry says 88 people, mostly protesters, are now known to have been killed in clashes since 18 February. Mr Turchynov, a close associate of Ms Tymoshenko, described forming a unity government as a “priority task”. Today, Ms Tymoshenko said that she would not seek the post of prime minister in a new coalition government. “Information that I was being con- Pakistan kills 38 militants in raid on hideouts PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sunday Pakistani fighter jets today launched air strikes on militant hideouts in the northwest, killing at least 38 people, according to officials, in the latest retaliation for attacks by the insurgents that have derailed peace talks. The early morning strikes made on militant hideouts in the Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal district were the third in the series of raids by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) since February 20. They follow the execution of 23 Pakistan soldiers by the Taliban last week, which cast doubts over dialogue initiated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on January 29. (AFP) sidered for the post of prime minister of Ukraine came as a surprise,” the former premier said in a statement released by her Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party. “This issue was not agreed or dis- cussed with me. Thank you for your respect, but I ask you not to consider my candidacy for the post of the head of the government.” “Yulia, Yulia!” the crowd chanted on Saturday as cameras flashed near the stage on Independence Square in Kiev, signalling to those standing in the damp cold that Ukraine’s freed opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko had arrived. Suddenly, the hero of the 2004 pro- democracy Orange Revolution appeared on the podium, in a wheelchair from a back problem, sporting her trademark blonde crown braid, eyes tired and face marked by two-and-a-half years of imprisonment. She was wrapped in a black jacket with ribbons the colour of Ukraine’s blue and yellow flag tied on. (BBC, AFP) Mexican marines capture drug boss MEXICO CITY, Sunday The world’s most wanted drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was captured yesterday by Mexican marines and publicly hauled away in handcuffs, ending his bloodstained reign after a 13-year manhunt. Stemming from US-Mexi- can coordination, the arrest deals a blow to Mexico’s biggest drug-trafficking organization the Sinaloa cartel, an empire that stretches along the Pacific coast and smuggles drugs to the United States, Europe and Asia. Officials said Guzman was captured in an early morning raid at a condominium in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan, along with an unidentified associate, without a single shot fired. “There was no damage and nobody was hurt,” Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told a news conference at the Mexico City airport’s navy hangar, where Guzman was paraded in front of television cameras. The 56-year-old cartel kingpin wore a white shirt and jeans and sported thick black hair and a mustache. He was flanked by two masked marines who held him by the arms and neck before hauling him inside a federal police helicopter. (AFP) BULENT KILIC | AFP Newly freed Ukrainian opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko speaks at Independence Square late on Saturday, moments after parliament voted to hold early president ial elections.
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