Ukrainian President calls early vote

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has dissolved Parliament and called an early election.

It will be the third parliamentary election in less than three years and will throw this ex-Soviet nation into further political turmoil just as it is severely battered by the global financial crisis.

Yushchenko made a televised address to the nation late Wednesday, accusing his Orange Revolution partner, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, of ignoring national interests for the sake of acquiring power.

The announcement was likely to spark protests from Tymoshenko, who had sought to cling on to her job. Tymoshenko had said that calling an election before late November would be unconstitutional and has vowed to challenge such a decision.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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