KYIV (QHA) -

Ukrainian Parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation on July 31 after approving legislation he said was needed to boost spending on the army and avoid a default.

The vote was 16 for accepting and 109 against, with the rest of the 450-member parliament either absent or not voting.

President Petro Poroshenko had urged legislators and the government to find a compromise and keep the parliament working even as he pushes for new elections.

Following the voting at the parliament, Yatsenyuk made a speech saying only “Ukraine has never declared default and never will.”

Yatsenyuk submitted his resignation on July 24 after two parties quit the ruling coalition in the Parliament.

QHA