Kiev 29th January 2014: Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his cabinet have resigned on Tuesday amid a political crisis fired by anti-government protests across the country.
According to Mr. Azarov, his resignation was motivated by efforts to peacefully resolve the current political crisis and to preserve the unity of the country.
Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych said he had accepted the resignation and signed a decree dismissing the rest of the cabinet as well. But the cabinet will continue to work until Parliament approved a new government.
The move came only hours after the Ukrainian parliament met in an emergency session aimed at bringing an end to the current political crisis and voted overwhelmingly to cancel controversial anti-protest laws.
When passed on January 16, the laws annoyed anti-government demonstrators and provoked a mass demonstration with thousands of participants out in the streets. The protest finally ended in violent conflicts.