A new staff of the Yulia Timoshenko Bloc will stand up for all social items of the 2006 national budget, ex-Vice Prime Minister Nickolay Tomenko told a Friday press conference. According to him, the new Government must not change social programs of the previous Govt. Such articles, as payments to mothers in childbirth and increase of pensions and scholarships, must not be cancelled, Tomenko said. In his opinion, financing of rural schools and rural medicine, which were included into the budget, is important, too. "Education in city and in village must not differ", he added.

According to the former Vice Premier, the Ukrainian authority should more "frugally" distribute the budget for not to "eat up" the majority of state means. If the power cuts its own financing, the money will be enough to finance other spheres, Tomenko said, Cabinet's press office reported.

Moreover, Tomenko noted, having signed the bill on amending the Law "On the status of city council deputies", the President has practically supported Viktor Yanukovych, Leonid Kuchma and Vladimir Litvin. "With this bill the President has settled the issue of immunity and closed criminal cases", which were instituted against a number of officials, including Boris Kolesnikov, Ruslan Bodelan, Vladimir Shcherban and others. According to him, the BYuT faction will petition the Constitution Court for the bill's correspondence to the Constitution of Ukraine.

As Tomenko told the mediapeople, the party "Reforms and Order" will hold its congress in Kyiv on Thursday, which will decide on the party's participation in the 2006 parliamentary elections in the bloc with the BYuT. The BYuT is being formed now, and it is already known that ex-Secretary of State Alexander Zinchenko and ex-Chief of the Security Service of Ukraine Alexander Turchinov will join it.


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