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 Yatseniuk urges Poroshenko and political forces to support government's program or suggest alternative

Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk calls on President Petro Poroshenko and country's political forces to support the 2016 action program proposed by the Cabinet of Ministers or come up with an "alternative realistic program and efficient team capable of fulfilling it."

As reported by Censor.NET referring to government portal, Yatseniuk announced this in "10 minutes with PM" televised address on Sunday, Feb. 28.

"We have no right to halt the reforms and struggle with one another. We must move forward," he said. "I appeal to the president and to all national political forces. Either offer the society an alternative realistic program and efficient team capable of fulfilling it, - and I mean program, not election campaign slogans. Or stop this internal struggle, quench your passion, rein your feelings, and support the country's action plan for this year," the head of government said.

Yatseniuk stressed that for more than a year, this government has acted under "hard, often hostile conditions:" "My colleagues have been repeatedly faced with lies, slander, and accusations."

"We expected our practical steps to outweigh lies. Not worse than the external enemy, the reforms have been attacked by our internal opponents: populism, ignorance, an attempt at reinstating old schemes and influences," the prime minister said.

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"Managing reforms has been undermined by contradictions in the Constitution. A fear of losing political rating weakened those who must demonstrate leadership," he said.

Yatseniuk stressed that attempts to impose someone else's will on Cabinet officials made them publicly proclaim principles "which are a red line:" "There should be no unconstitutional interference in the work of the government, no pressure to revive corrupt practices, no halt of reforms."

The head of the government reminded that the Cabinet of Ministers had presented a formal report on its activity - "step by step, what needs to be done in 2016:" "Alas, we heard not a single word to the point of reforms. The response smacked of hatred, rage, and manipulation of people's hurt feelings."

"I see no concern for Ukraine in a political hysteria. What I see here is a well-thought design: to seize power. To achieve this, the government should be dismissed, the central executive branch - paralyzed, with the president succumbing to early parliamentary elections that would have quite predictable result - a ruin," the PM stressed.

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"Our government has developed an action plan for this year. But it's not just the government's action plan - it is an agenda for the future development of Ukraine which should become a truly European state. We have no time to lose. We only have time to act. The government has been struggling and is resolute to continue the fight," Arsenii Yatseniuk resumed.
 
 
 
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