Ukrainian Parliament elects new speakerSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 14/12/2012 3:55 am in World / 1 comment
KIEV, Dec. 13 — The Ukrainian Parliament on Thursday elected Volodymyr Rybak to a five-year term as the body’s speaker.
Rybak, a four-term lawmaker and deputy chairman of the ruling Party of Regions, won 250 of the 427 votes cast in the 450-seat parliament.
Rybak, 66, is known as one of the “founding fathers” of the Party of Regions and a long-term ally of President Viktor Yanukovych.
The leadership of the Party of Regions nominated Rybak to lead the parliament on Monday.