Friday, December 26, 2008

…And the unexpected gift. The Parliament of Ukraine approved the Budget 2009 today.

Ukrainian politics is really full of surprises during this Holiday season. The Members of Parliament decided to come back to the State Budget question today, and suddenly voted in favour of this document. The pro-Governmental forces have managed to find four MPs needed to have 226 votes for the project of budget – from the Our Ukraine – People’s Self Defence Block. Now the budget is approved, and nobody cares about the figures and macroeconomic data anymore – it’s time for holidays. As a result, Ukrainian MPs have two extra free days this year: as was decided, they will not work on 30 and 31 December (but the next parliamentary sitting is scheduled for 13 January 2009). Happy New Year, Verkhovna Rada!

But the political problems in the country are – of course – not resolved. Today the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko will have an opportunity to comment a new budget during the live political show on Inter TV channel at 21.30 PM by Kyiv time.

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