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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

"Ukraine's pro-Western foreign minister resigns," Reuters, Jan 30, 2007.

KIEV (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, the chief architect of President Viktor Yushchenko's pro-Western foreign policy, said on Tuesday he had resigned.

"The president of Ukraine has taken the decision to accept my resignation," Tarasyuk told a news conference broadcast on national television.

He said he hoped Yushchenko, weakened by constitutional amendments cutting his powers, would soon choose a successor.

Tarasyuk, one of Yushchenko's closest allies in the 2004 "Orange Revolution" protests that vaulted him to power, had been one of only two ministers still loyal to the president since his arch rival took over as prime minister last August.


Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko remains Yushchenko's sole cabinet ally. The president is now obliged to consult with both the government and parliament on only a handful of appointments, including the foreign and defense ministers.

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