Ukraine police minister offers resignation

May 12, 2009 at 1:45 PM
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KIEV, Ukraine, May 12 (UPI) -- Ukraine's interior minister has submitted his resignation following an airport row with police in Germany, a parliamentary official said.

Volodymyr Lytvyn, speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, said Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko asked the lawmakers to vote on the resignation request in his absence, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency said Tuesday.

Lutsenko, whom police described as being allegedly under influence of alcohol, was detained at Germany's Frankfurt airport last week after a violent argument during which four officers were injured, the BBC said.

Lutsenko and his 19-year-old son were put on another flight from Frankfurt to Seoul, South Korea.

Addressing reporters in Kiev Tuesday, Lutsenko said he asked the parliament speaker and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to decide on his resignation as soon as possible.

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