Ukraine's Yanukovich is ill

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IOL pic jan30 ukraine Viktor Yanukovich Reuters Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich is suffering from a respiratory ailment. File picture: Reuters

Kiev - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has gone on sick leave with a respiratory ailment, his website said on Thursday, with the issue of a new prime minister still undecided.

“The president of Ukraine has been officially registered as sick with an acute respiratory ailment and a high temperature,” the website said.

Yanukovich's prime minister, Mykola Azarov, resigned on Tuesday in the midst of mass street unrest and the president has yet to appoint a successor.

Serhiy Arbuzov, who was Azarov's first deputy, has stepped in as interim prime minister. - Reuters

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