Ukraine parliament sets May 25 early election

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A suspected supporter of Ukraine's embattled president Viktor Yanukovych, center, is assaulted by anti-government protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Fears that Ukraine could split in two mounted Saturday as regional lawmakers in the pro-Russian east questioned the authority of the national parliament. Protesters took control of Ukraine's capital and parliament sought to oust the president. (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament has voted to call early presidential elections for May 25.

The decision comes just hours after embattled President Viktor Yanukovych said he wouldn't respect any decisions made by parliament.

Under an agreement reached Friday between Yanukovych and leaders of the opposition protests that have brought Ukraine into crisis, early elections were to be held no later than December.

But the possibility that he could remain in office for the rest of the year angered protesters who want his immediate departure.

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