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Ukraine Parliament speaker says a new government should be in place by Thursday, a delay reflecting intense ongoing consultations.

Protesters with flags, shields and sticks move past the parliament building in central Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday. (Photo: AP) Protesters with flags, shields and sticks move past the parliament building in central Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

Parliament speaker says that a new government should be in place by Thursday, a delay reflecting intense ongoing consultations. Oleksandr Turchinov has previously said the new government could be formed on Tuesday.

Turchinov was named Ukraine’s interim leader after President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital after signing a peace deal with opposition leaders to end violent clashes between police and protesters and Kiev.

Law enforcement agencies have issued an arrest warrant for Yanukovych over the killing of 82 people, mainly protesters. Yanukovych’s whereabouts are unknown. He was last reportedly seen in the Crimea, a pro-Russia area. The parliament sacked some of Yanukovych’s lieutenants and named their replacement, but it has yet to appoint the new premier and fill all posts.

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