Tymoshenko ally becomes acting Ukrainian president

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The speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, the closest confidante of freed opposition leader
Yulia Tymoshenko, has become acting president following the removal of Viktor Yanukovych.

Oleksander Turchinov, headed Ukraine’s state security service (SBU) following the Orange Revolution in 2004.

His appointment was followed by an overwhelming vote in favour of nationalising the sprawling private Kyiv residence of Yanukovych, whose whereabouts remain a mystery.

But in an interview with a Ukrainian broadcaster on Saturday he maintained he was still president and that he had no intention of fleeing the country.