Ukrainian president’s ally is elected as new prime minister

April 14, 2016 1:44 PM

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MOSCOW — The speaker of the Ukrainian parliament was elected the country’s new prime minister Thursday in a vote that the government hopes will end a months-long political crisis but which reformers say gives Ukraine’s oligarchs a free hand in running the country.

In recent months, political tensions have risen in Ukraine and some respected reformers have resigned, citing disenchantment with the government’s cronyism and entrenched corruption.

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