President Viktor Yushchenko insistsUkraine’s reelected parliament must repeal legislative immunity and some of the immoderate privileges enjoyed by the country’s lawmakers, President’s press office reports.

“This is the first thing we must do, as I am convinced it is the root of corruption, which has penetrated the highest echelons of the Government,” he told reporters on Saturday, while attending a fair in the village of Velyki Sorochyntsi.

He said this would help “cleanse” Ukraine's Government, making "its maintenancemore standard, its allowance morepredictable.”

Yushchenko described plans by Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych’s Regions Party to convene a special session of the dissolved Verkhovna Rada to repeal legislative immunity as a “political show” and said the problem was both legal and moral.


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