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 Yatseniuk criticized Verkhovna Rada for populist laws

Prime Minister of Ukraine Arsenii Yatseniuk called on the Verkhovna Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers, and president of Ukraine to bear political responsibility for difficult but effective reforms.

As reported by Censor.NET citing governmental website, he announced this at a meeting in the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

"I call on the Verkhovna Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers, and president of Ukraine to further bear all political responsibility for correct, difficult, but effective reforms in the country," Yatseniuk said.

He recalled the law on foreign currency loans passed by the Verkhovna Rada yesterday: "I respect the Ukrainian parliament, because it was elected by the will of people of Ukraine. But I am convinced that the Ukrainian parliament has to respect the country."

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"There are a lot of "interesting ideas" left. You can equate hryvnia to dollar. You can equate the cost of a kilogram of fat to a kilogram of gold. You can carry out another couple of interesting reforms. For example, to let people retire immediately after kindergarten. It is also popular. Or to exempt everybody from taxes and let people not go to work and make the state take care of everyone. There will be applause before local elections - though I don't know from who and to whom," he said.

He cited the experience of Georgia: "the work of parliament, government and president in carrying out reforms. There were debates, of course. But everything introduced by the government was voted without delay."

In Ukraine, according to Yatseniuk, only 30% of government draft laws are voted: "70% remain somewhere in the offices of the parliament. However, all the populist things are accepted with enthusiasm, especially before the municipal elections."

"I hope we will hold a serious conversation inside the coalition with president, all members of government, all pro-European coalition. And we will carry out reforms together, realizing it is a political responsibility for the fate of the country and not political ratings of this or that party," Yatseniuk stressed.

 
 
 
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