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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukrainian Vote Talks Near End

KIEV -- Ukraine's president and prime minister, at odds over a division of powers, failed Saturday to set a date for snap elections to defuse a long-running crisis, but their camps indicated this could be done within days.

"We have agreed that by Wednesday we will finish work on all the necessary bills and submit them to the parliament," First Deputy Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych's Party of the Regions, told reporters.

Asked about the chances of the election date being set Wednesday, Azarov replied: "I believe it's 100 percent."

Earlier Saturday, President Viktor Yushchenko told a working group tasked with drafting the election framework that there could be no more delays and threatened to force a decision through the Security Council if no deal was clinched.

He also dismissed the head of the Security Council, wealthy industrialist Vitaly Haiduk, and replaced him with a veteran politician and former parliamentary speaker, Ivan Plyushch. No reason was given for the dismissal.

The decisions of the council, once signed by the president, must be implemented by law.

Yushchenko's latest decree set a June 24 poll, but acknowledges that the vote could be put back until early July.

Yanukovych, who returned home Friday after leg surgery in Spain, says holding a vote before October is unrealistic.