Ukraine leader ready for "tough" personnel steps

10:11, 19 December 2008
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After the bank and government present a report to parliament

Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko is ready to take "tough" steps on changing senior officials after the bank and government present a report to parliament, the president`s chief of staff said on Thursday, Reuters reported.

"The president urges parliament on Tuesday to listen to reports from the central bank and the government," chief of staff Viktor Baloga said in a statement. "He is prepared to support the toughest decisions on personnel once that is completed."

Under the constitution, the president is empowered to propose the dismissal of the central bank chairman, subject to parliament`s approval, but has no power to remove the prime minister.

Reuters via Guardian

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