Ukraine's parliament strips Yanukovych of president's title

 The Ukrainian Parliament Wednesday passed a bill to strip former president Viktor Yanukovych of his permanent title of president.

IANS| Updated: Feb 04, 2015, 20:46 PM IST

Kiev: The Ukrainian Parliament Wednesday passed a bill to strip former president Viktor Yanukovych of his permanent title of president.

With at least 226 votes needed to approve the bill, 281 lawmakers in the 450-seat assembly supported the legislation, Xinhua news agency reported citing the parliament`s press service.

Under the Ukrainian constitution, a president holds the title for life unless impeached.

In February 2014, the parliament voted to dismiss Yanukovych from his post, declaring him "constitutionally unable to carry out his duties" after Yanukovych left Kiev following months of street protests over his refusal to sign an association agreement with the European Union.

In mid-January, Interpol, at the request of the Ukrainian authorities, issued an arrest warrant for Yanukovych on charges of corruption.

Yanukovych became president in February 2010.