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The Government was elected with a one-seat majority, but with the loss of the two MPs, it will now be forced to rely on crossbenchers Rebecca Sharkie from the Nick Xenophon Team, and Independent Cathy Mc Gowan, for confidence and supply.Labor has already declared it will exploit the Government's weak position in the Lower House, and possibly move motions to amend penalty rate laws or set up a banking royal commission.Mr Alexander holds Bennelong by a safe margin, and it has been a long-term Liberal seat, but Labor's Maxine Mc Kew defeated then-Prime Minister John Howard in 2007.He has conceded there is a chance he could lose, but said his time as a tennis player has taught him that "all you can concern yourself with is to play the game as best you can, and within the rules".The parliament assigned early elections for May 2014.The name is composed of two parts: "Euro" is short for Europe and "maidan" refers to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), the main square of Kiev, where the protests are centred.This allowed parliament to pass a series of laws that removed police from Kiev, cancelled anti-protest operations, restored the 2004 constitution, freed political detainees, and removed President Yanukovych from office.Yanukovych then fled to Ukraine's second largest city of Kharkiv, refusing to recognise the parliament's decisions.
The protests were sparked by the Ukrainian government's decision to suspend the signing of an association agreement with the European Union, instead choosing closer ties to Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union.
"Given what I have learned about the Constitution and understanding now of the High Court decision just a couple of weeks ago, I can no longer, with sufficient certainty, maintain the belief that I have held through my 66 years."Mr Alexander said he spoke to Mr Turnbull late on Friday and told him he intended to stand down.
"He encouraged me to be decisive, to act expeditiously, and to put things beyond any question of doubt and that's what I think the people of Bennelong want," he said."Australia is tired of this absurd situation." Speaking on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Vietnam, Mr Turnbull said Mr Alexander had "done the right and honourable thing" and tried to turn the spotlight on the Labor MPs who also have questions about their citizenship status.
Protests and clashes increased in January, after the Ukrainian parliament passed a group of anti-protest laws.
Protesters occupied government buildings in many regions of Ukraine, and several activists were killed in clashes on Hrushevskoho Street in Kiev. Riot police advanced towards Maidan and clashed with protesters but did not fully occupy it.