Ukraine's ruling party asks for govt reshuffle

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An Pro-European Union supporter dressed as Cossack has a rest at a tent camp in the city main street of Khreschatyk in Kiev Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Ukraine's opposition appears confident and shows no sign of relenting in its standoff with the government. The government has made some gestures toward the opposition, rejected some of its main demands and is opaque on another. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A member of Ukraine's ruling party says they want a government reshuffle, as thousands of anti-government protesters occupying a central Kiev square for weeks have demand its resignation and closer EU ties.

Lawmaker Hanna Herman told an internet TV channel Monday the Party of Regions has met with Prime Minister Mykola Azarov to ask for a "90 percent" reshuffle of his government. Herman described the mood in the party as "very radical, very constructive."

Thousands of Ukrainians have occupied the square since Dec. 1, after President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to shun closer ties with the EU and move instead toward Moscow.

Yanukovych has been attempting to appease protesters in recent days, and has suspended two officials over their alleged role in violent dispersal of protests on Nov. 30.