September 7, 2017 / 8:22 AM / 10 months ago

Ukraine would be vulnerable without IMF programme - Poroshenko

KIEV, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday said Ukraine would be extremely vulnerable if it did not stick with a $17.5 billion International Monetary Fund aid programme, urging lawmakers to pass necessary anti-corruption and pension reforms.

“We need to implement the IMF programme, without which Ukraine is extremely vulnerable,” he said in a speech to parliament. “I hope the pension reform will be passed at the next session.”

“It is urgent to establish a special anti-corruption judicial body,” he said, referring to another IMF requirement needed for the disbursement of the next loan tranche.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; editing by Matthias Williams

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