Ukraine’s parliament has passed amendments to legislation on the formation of an anti-corruption court, taking a potentially big step towards cracking widespread graft and unfreezing a $17.5bn International Monetary Fund assistance package.
Before the vote, parliament chairman Andriy Parubiy urged MPs to support the “most important decision,” adding: “We face major risk . . . not having IMF support.”
After several failed attempts to adopt the measures, he warned MPs: “Don’t play with this . . . the consequences are too big.” Minutes later, 254 votes in favour were cast, comfortably more than a 226 required majority.
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