Ukraine’s parliament has voted for amendments in the criminal code that could pave the way for the release of the jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
The amendments would decriminalise aspects of the criminal code relevant to her prosecution and set Ukrainian law in line with European Union legislation.
Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and long-standing rival of the president, Viktor Yanukovich, was narrowly defeated in a runoff for the presidency in February 2010.
However, the vote to free Tymoshenko still needs to be signed into law by embattled President Viktor Yanukovych, Tymoshenko’s principal rival.
Also, the parliament voted to dismiss acting Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko for using “violence” against protesters during the wave of street unrest.