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Poroshenko Admits Failure to Fight Corruption in Ukraine

Sputnik News

12:58 04.06.2015(updated 15:11 04.06.2015)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko admitted Thursday that the country has failed to successfully fight corruption, and asked for help from the public.

KEIV (Sputnik) – In his address to the Ukrainian parliament, Poroshenko said:

'A year ago I proclaimed, 'officials don't take – people don't give.' Neither side has adhered to this principle. I appeal to people. We need a law that would strengthen investigative powers.'

He added that corruption levels decreased in areas where there was nothing to ask bribes for.

After the parliamentary election in 2014, Ukraine began to implement new anti-corruption laws that had been prepared by the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption and the National Anti-corruption Bureau.

In March, an annual report on money laundering and financial crimes by the US State Department said Ukraine should work to combat corruption in the country's financial institutions.

According to a poll by the International Republican Institute, 68 percent of Ukrainians surveyed said they considered corruption in the country a significant problem that affected their lives.

Ukraine Gov't Might Be Reformed Within Ruling Coalition

A summary of the current Ukrainian government's work will be made in the fall and could lead to a reformation of the Cabinet of Ministers, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

"The work of each minister will be looked at under a microscope in the fall. I don't exclude a government reformation…but all of the decisions made in the Cabinet of Ministers should be conducted under the current coalition."

'My principal stance is that any change in the government should take place upon condition that the current coalition is maintained, and the unity of the coalition is preserved,' the president said.

Earlier in May, Petro Poroshenko Bloc party leader Yuriy Lutsenko said that the government may be reformatted in the fall. He did not rule out that several ministers could be sacked, adding that lawmakers are voicing dissatisfaction because little progress has been made on the government-promised reforms.

Ukrainian media reported in March that President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk have agreed on a preliminary list of nine members of the cabinet to be removed. This information has not been officially confirmed.


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