Yanukovych dismisses almost all ministers

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Dec. 10, 2010, 10:24 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Yanukovych dismissed Andriy Kliuyev, Borys Kolesnikov, Sergiy Tigipko, and Viktor Tykhonov from the posts of first vice premier

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has dismissed almost all government ministers due to the start of administrative reform. Thus, Yanukovych dismissed Andriy Kliuyev, Borys Kolesnikov, Sergiy Tigipko, and Viktor Tykhonov from the posts of Ukraine's first vice premier.

The president also dismissed Viktor Baloha as Ukraine's emergencies minister, and Yuriy Boiko as Ukraine's fuel and energy minister.

Transport and Communications Minister Kostiantyn Yefymenko, Environmental Protection Minister Mykola Zlochevsky, Industry Minister Dmytro Kolesnikov were also dismissed from their posts.

The president dismissed Mykhailo Kulyniak as culture and tourism minister, Vasyl Nadraha as labor and social policy minister, Mykola Prysiazhniuk as agriculture minister, Ravil Safiullin as family, youth and sports minister, and Dmytro Tabachnyk as education and science minister.

In addition, President Yanukovych dismissed Anatoliy Tolstoukhov from the post of minister of the Cabinet of Ministers, Yuriy Khivrych from the post of housing and utilities minister, Vasyl Tsushko from the post of economy minister, Volodymyr Yatsuba from the post of regional development and construction minister and Yuriy Yaschenko from the post of coal minister.

A relevant decree by Yanukovych was posted on the official Web site of the president late on Thursday night.
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