The fight against the economic crisis should become a main issue of the new political season,  Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said, speaking at the opening of the seventh session of the parliament of the sixth convocation on Tuesday.

Yanukovych noted that over the last six months Ukraine had demonstrated GDP growth of over 6% and growth in production of over 11%. "These are the first signs of economic recovery, but this cannot soothe us, we need to create all of the conditions so that the economy moves forward and the reforms that have been launched are being implemented," the president said.

He called on politicians to focus on such an important element as a rise in the living standards of Ukrainian citizens. "We won't do this very quickly, but each year we must raise living standards, and to do so we need the teamwork of the president, the government and the Verkhovna Rada," he said.

The president also called on lawmakers to work as one team in order to "build the future of Ukraine." "I would like us to jointly build the future of our country," Yanukovych said.

"I want the law, respect for the law and the rule of law to prevail in the country. The public expects the Verkhovna Rada to do everything required for this," the president said.

Yanukovych also noted that the elections to local authorities, which will be held on October 31, should take place "transparently and honestly." "If we do this, we will jointly take the next step in building a developed democratic state that will be respected in the world," he said.

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