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Ukrainian parliament approves new charter, amnesty

KIEV - Ukraine's parliament has voted to restore a previous constitution that limits presidential powers as part of a breakthrough deal between the opposition and president.

 

The Interfax and ITAR-Tass news agencies reported that legislators voted to approve the 2004 constitution.

 

Yanukovych changed that constitution in 2010 to increase his powers. Although Yanukovych retains an apparent majority in parliament, his powers are now significantly reduced.

 

Lawmakers also approved an amnesty for protesters involve in violence during a months-long standoff over Ukraine's future. (AP)