Home > News > World
Thursday July 31, 2014 MYT 4:45:02 PM
Thursday July 31, 2014 MYT 4:46:10 PM
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appealed to parliament on Thursday to back legislation needed to fund an army offensive against separatists in the east and shore up the energy sector.
Prime Minster Arseny Yatseniuk tendered his resignation last week over the assembly's refusal to back amendments to the 2014 budget in an initial vote but it is possible he will stay on if deputies support the changes now.
"The laws the government is insisting on are unpopular and difficult but very necessary," Poroshenko was quoted as saying by his press service in an appeal to deputies.
"The parliament's decisions today are needed not only to finance the army, although that is question number one. The parliament's decisions are needed to enable the economy, the state as a whole, to function and for people to feel confident and protected."
Yatseniuk offered to quit last week after parliament blocked moves that would release extra money for the army as it battles pro-Russian rebels and to allow consortiums with European or U.S. companies to operate the ageing gas distribution system.
But he later urged lawmakers to hold another vote on passing the budget amendments, saying the release of further funds under a $17-billion International Monetary Fund bailout depended on them being passed.
Parliament has not voted on his resignation but a vote of confidence was included on Thursday's parliamentary agenda.
(Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Timothy Heritage)
Tough time to sell Ukraine president's 'mouthwatering' candy empire
Ukraine wants to delay cutting tariffs on EU goods - Interfax
Insight - Putin holds key to Ukraine peace but keeps world guessing
Ukraine says Russia withdrawing forces from east, sees boost for peace
Putin trying to destroy Ukraine, says its PM
Thousands of Syrian Kurds enter Turkey, fleeing Islamic State advance
Russia critical of MH17 inquiry, wants bigger U.N. role
Turkey secures release of 49 hostages seized in northern Iraq
Switzerland prepares to tighten screws on whistleblowers
Bahrain says national dialogue parties find common ground
Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, heads for Taiwan
MH17: Malaysia to use UN Assembly platform to seek justice, says Hisham
Cheau Xuen delivers first Asian Games gold for Malaysia (updated)
Epic solo hike from Mexico to Canada
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)