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Ukraine parliament approves 2017 budget
December 21, 2016 / 2:55 AM / in 7 months

Ukraine parliament approves 2017 budget

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KIEV, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament approved a budget for 2017 on Wednesday, raising its chance of securing more aid from the International Monetary Fund under a $17.5 billion loan package.

It keeps the budget deficit at 3 percent of gross domestic product in line with the IMF programme's requirements.

Ahead of the parliament vote in the small hours of Wednesday morning, Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk called it a "realistic" budget, adding: "Please support it and give impetus to reforms." (Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Editing by Matthias Williams and Sandra Maler)

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