Despite Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych stating in an interview that he is not resigning or leaving the country, Ukraine’s Parliament voted unanimously to remove the leader from office.
According to CNN, the Parliament also voted to hold new elections on May 25, a key opposition demand. Yanukovych signed a landmark peace deal this week to end the days of violent protests. A day later, he stepped down.
Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko said that the President left town. “Unfortunately, President Yanukovych who did not hear the people has withdrawn from his constitutional duties himself. And today he has already left the capital. Millions of citizens see only one option in the current situation — it is calling the early presidential election,” Klitschko said Saturday.
A senior U.S. State Department official said Yanukovych had left Kiev for Ukraine’s second’s largest city of Kharkiv for a meeting. Protesters took control of Ukraine’s capital on Saturday, seizing the president’s office as parliament sought to form a new government.