Ukrainian president says government to face vote of confidence in parliament Thursday

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Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the government of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will face a vote of confidence in a special session of Parliament next week.

Poroshenko made the announcement Friday after meeting with parliamentary leaders after Yatsensyuk said the day before that he was stepping down.

Yatsenyuk said he was resigning after two parties left the coalition supporting the government, raising the possibility of early elections.

But Poroshenko seemed to indicate Yatsenyuk could stay on at least for a while, saying the collapse of the coalition "is not a basis for the resignation of the government" though he "does not exclude" changes in the government team.

The Thursday session will take up key legislation as Ukraine struggles with a pro-Russian insurgency, including an important budget bill.