President Viktor Yanukovych’s so-called pension reform violates the Constitution of Ukraine, Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has said.

"This so-called pension reform, I’ll call it the pension law, violates a key article of the Constitution of Ukraine – article 22, which says that nobody has the right to adopt laws that diminish existing rights and freedoms, social security and property," Yulia Tymoshenko said at a briefing in the Verkhovna Rada.

The ex-premier believes the pension laws submitted to parliament by Mykola Azarov’s government have nothing to do with reform. "The president of the county, Viktor Yanukovych, is mistakenly calling this legislation pension reform. But this isn’t pension reform – it’s the same chaotic, ill-considered actions as the so-called judicial reform and other non-reforms," she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko recalled that 18 months ago, then presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych made many promises to voters, which have remained merely rhetoric. "During his presidential campaign, Yanukovych rather clearly promised a number of increases: pensions, salaries, investment, welfare, GDP. But of all the declared increases, he only succeeded in increasing the retirement age, prices for all consumer goods, utilities rates, corruption, hypocrisy and cynicism," she said.

"Once this pension reform is adopted, pensioners will have two meals – on Monday and Friday. And the rest of the time they will think of Yanukovych and his program," she added.

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