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Ukrainian communists critisized new government

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Petro Symonenko, the leader of the Communist Party, a key member of the coalition, issued a statement criticizing Sergiy Tyhypko, a deputy prime minister for economy and an advocate of cooperation with the IMF, for the “wrong priority.”
“We are seeing that, through the IMF, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, powerful Ukrainian industrial enterprises, agriculture are being destroyed,” Symonenko said. “Domestic producers are being squeezed out from domestic market in favor of foreign corporations and companies.”

The comments underscore concerns over long-term stability of the Ukrainian government, which had been created earlier this month to support the policy of President Viktor Yanukovych. Symonenko released the comments a day after the arrival of an IMF team in Ukraine for a fact gathering mission before senior IMF officials arrive at the end of March to decide on whether to resume the lending.

“This is a shame when a person, who must be responsible for the strategy of the economic development of country, is before hand setting the wrong priorities,” Symonenko said.

“We will demand from the government a detailed report on losses that our country and our citizens incur after the joining to the WTO,” Symonenko said. “We also demand the report on the use of loans from the IMF, as well as proposals for revising the cooperation with these international organizations.”
Written by: Publisher Friday, 19 March 2010 00:51