Earlier on Thursday, Ukraine's Svoboda and UDAR
parties announced their factions in the parliament were quitting the majority coalition, paving the way for the dissolution of parliament.
party came forward with an initiative to elect Poroshenko speaker of parliament and acting president instead of Turchinov.
Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR
): Founded by heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitchko (the acronym "UDAR
" means "punch" in Ukrainian), UDAR
relies chiefly on the personal popularity of Klitchko.
The 42-year-old announced his decision to pull out of the presidential race, dated for 25 May, at his Udar
(Punch) party's gathering in Kiev on Saturday.
Klitschko, 42, told a congress of his UDAR
party that he plans to run for mayor of Ukraine's capital, Kiev.
"We have to nominate a single candidate representing the democratic forces," Klitschko told a congress of his UDAR
(Punch) party on Saturday.
Klitschko told a congress of his UDAR
party Saturday that he plans to run for mayor of the capital city, Kiev.
Klitschko told his UDAR
party that he plans to run for mayor of Ukraine's capital city, Kiev, paving the way for current presidential favorite, businessman Petro Poroshenko, in the May 25 vote.
or Punch (led by the former boxer, Klitscko) and Fatherland (led by the former Prime-minister, Tymoshenko) are in close alliance.
In late January, after passage of laws that criminalized many peaceful activities of the protesters, clashes with the police that resulted in the death of six protesters, and the occupation of regional administrative offices throughout western Ukraine, Yanukovych had agreed, after several meetings with the leaders of the opposition parties - Vitali Klitschko of UDAR
(Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform), Oleh Tyahnibok of Svoboda (Freedom) and Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Batkivschchyna (Fatherland) - to form a new government that included members of the opposition, repeal most of the new laws, and grant the protesters amnesty provided they ended their occupation of government buildings and blockades of streets and squares.
Referring to Klitschko, head of the UDAR
(Strike) party, which has close financial ties with Germany's ruling conservative party, Nuland tells the ambassador: "I don't think Klitsch should go into the government.