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BYT: Regions Party, president using health of Ukrainians as weapon in struggle against Tymoshenko

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Nov. 26, 2009, 7:28 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYT) has claimed that the Regions Party and Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko are using the health of Ukrainians as a "instrument in the struggle against the government and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko personally." The BYT issued a statement after MPs onNov. 26failed to override a presidential veto of a law allocating Hr 1 billion to fight flu.

The statement says that the BYT has no doubt that the "Regions Party and Yuschenko have gone into a tight opposition to the Ukrainian people."

The BYT said that the funds, which were stipulated in the law vetoed by the president, are required for vaccination, the provision of all hospitals with the minimum set of intensive care equipment, digital X-ray machines, artificial respiration systems, and the complete refurbishing of sanitary epidemiological stations with modern equipment.

"We are confident that despite strong opposition from Regions Party's leaders and [President] Viktor Yuschenko, the law allocating the funds will be adopted next week and people will get timely assistance," reads the statement.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on Thursday failed to override a presidential veto of the law the providing Hr 1 billion to fight the flu outbreak in Ukraine.

A total of 231 out of 316 MPs registered in the session hall voted to override the veto.

In particular, the proposal was supported by 152 members of the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko faction, 32 members of the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense bloc, 27 MPs of the Communist Party faction and 19 from the Bloc of Lytvyn. Opposition Regions Party faction MPs abstained.
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