Presidential candidate and Regions Party leader Viktor Yanukovych said he would not allow retirement age to be increased in Ukraine.

He said on Mykolaiv regional television and radio company on Thursday that the government has no moral right to increase retirement age in the country with one of the lowest life expectancies in Europe, UKRINFORM reported.

Yanukovych said that a respective law on a rise in retirement age should be adopted, and that "parliament will never do so, and we'll never allow this to be done."

As reported, Yanukovych's colleagues from the Regions Party faction in December 2009 called on Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to publish a government letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the country's official newspapers.

Regions Party MP Mykhailo Papiev said that Tymoshenko had pledged to increase retirement age for men to 65 years and for women to 60 years so that Ukraine gets a fourth tranche of the IMF loan.

The Cabinet of Ministers denied such allegations.


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