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Published: Saturday February 22, 2014 MYT 6:50:01 PM
Updated: Saturday February 22, 2014 MYT 6:50:54 PM

Ally of Ukraine's jailed Tymoshenko elected parliament speaker

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian lawmakers elected a close ally of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko to the powerful post of parliament speaker on Saturday, replacing a loyalist of embattled President Viktor Yanukovich.

Oleksander Turchynov is a senior member of Tymoshenko's Fatherland party. He was elected by 288 votes in the 450-seat parliament.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Matt Robinson)

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