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Pro-Western Ukraine parliament opens for its first session since elections

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KIEV, Ukraine — Parliament in Ukraine has opened for its first session since an election last month that ushered in a spate of pro-Western parties.

Elected deputies swore their oath Thursday during an inauguration ceremony presided over by speaker Oleksandr Turchynov.

A preliminary governing coalition was formed last week, uniting five parties intent on guiding Ukraine toward integration with Europe and possible eventual NATO membership. The coalition agreement is due to be signed Thursday.

The October election overhauled a legislature once dominated by loyalists of former president Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted from power in February after months of protests.

During the inauguration ceremony, security was tight outside the parliament building, which has been the site for several rowdy rallies in recent months.

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