Archive for October 28th, 2009

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Reality setting in?

October 28, 2009

Yushchenko says struggle for presidential post not his goal

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has said that struggle for the post of president is not his goal.

He said this at a meeting with the intellectuals of Zakarpattia region in Uzhgorod on Wednesday.

“I think that most of you know quite well that power is not a goal for me,” Yushchenko said.

He said that during his premiership and presidency, he only had the goal of being responsible for the country’s policies, reforms, and his work. He said that he had seen his posts as a civic duty.

“I see my current post from the [same] view of civic duty,” Yushchenko said.

Well, I think a little more work on the resignation speech is required…….but I do recognise resignation in his tone.

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Oh No – The IMF Is Interfering……

October 28, 2009

Regions Party accuses IMF of intervening in Ukraine’s domestic affairs

Interfax-Ukraine Kyiv, October 27 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Regions Party has described the International Monetary Fund’s insisting on the need to veto the law on a rise in social standardKyiv, October 27 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Regions Party has described the International Monetary Fund’s insisting on the need to veto the law on a rise in social standards as intervention in Ukraine’s domestic affairs.s as intervention in Ukraine’s domestic affairs.

“If earlier the position of the International Monetary Fund that extended funds to Ukraine despite the obvious failure by the government of [Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia] Tymoshenko to abide by the Stand-By Arrangement caused surprise, now recent statements by the fund’s representatives are provoking objections,” reads a statement published by the party’s press service on Tuesday.

The party said that the IMF mission made a statement after returning from Kyiv to Washington on October 25, 2009, “which could be easily perceived as intervention in Ukraine’s domestic affairs and the deprivation of our state of its right to pursue social and economic policies on its own.”

“So, the IMF mission said after returning from Ukraine that the law on a rise in pensions and wages is not in line with the terms of the economic recovery program approved by the IMF,” reads the statement.

 

Hmmm – I can think of about 16,000,000,000 reasons why the IMF would want to have at least a say in the internal mechanics of Ukraine.  After all the $16 Billion it has given to Ukraine is a loan and not present.

It is what happens when you sell your soul to the devil.

Hardly surprising nobody wants to invest in Ukraine if the IMF look as though they are about to be shafted in February after the election.

 

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