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Yanukovych: Officials' desire to work hard would be best gift for me

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July 9, 2011, 4:09 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said that the best gift from public officials on his birthday will be their desire to work hard. "Given that a relevant law, which introduces restrictions on the gifts, came into force on July 1, I have asked my colleagues in public and I am appealing to them now through this conference, asking them not to throw their money away. The best gift from the officials who want to congratulate me is their glowing eyes and desire to work hard, and a feeling that they stand by me," the president said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

In addition, Yanukovych said that the greatest gift for him would be peace in the country, the united state and people's hopes for the future connected to the development of the country.

The president said that on his birthday he would be able to be with his family. "This week I'll enjoy the opportunity to see the children, grandchildren, daughters-in-law and their parents," he said.

On July 9, Yanukovych turns 61.
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