12:30 15.12.2009

Parliamentary majority responsible for failures in fight against corruption, says president

Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko has said that the parliamentary majority in the Verkhovna Rada, which appoints the government, the prosecutor general and the interior minister, is responsible for the state of the fight against corruption.

"Corruption flourishes with ease where unlimited deputy immunity is combined with criminal ideas and the possibility to influence financial flows. There are many [random] people in our parliament, sometimes with several convictions, and they form a majority. Tell me, please, now whether the prosecutor general or the interior minister appointed by the majority will open and investigate cases against the criminals in the ranks of this majority? Unfortunately, we currently see that they won't," the presidential press service quoted him as saying in an interview for a documentary entitled "Ukraine. The Birth of a Democracy."

The documentary directed by Jean-Michel Carre and Jill Emery, "Ukraine. The Birth of a Democracy," will be screened in March 2010.

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