November 23, 2018 / 4:10 AM / 20 days ago

Ukraine parliament approves budget at final reading

KIEV, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Ukraine’s parliament passed the 2019 budget on Friday morning, a crucial step Ukraine needs to take in order to qualify for more loans from the International Monetary Fund.

Finance Minister Oksana Markarova gave a short speech before the vote asking for lawmakers’ support. “This will enable us to confidently enter the year 2019,” she said. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Matthias Williams; editing by Darren Schuettler)

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