Ukraine launches administrative reform, cuts ministries

20:13, December 10, 2010      

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President Viktor Yanukovych has launched a series of administrative reforms that substantially reduces the number of central executive agencies, the president's press office says.

"The 112 central executive bodies will be reduced to 63, including 16 ministries, 28 services, 12 agencies and seven inspectorates," the press office said in a statement Thursday.

Yanukovych also ordered the number of ministers reduced from 36 to 17 and the cabinet staff, currently at 1,174, was expected to be halved, the press office said.

Subsequently, the president dismissed all cabinet members, except the prime minister, foreign minister, defense minister and interior minister, and appointed some former cabinet members to new posts.

Yanukovych has criticized the bureaucracy for slow reforms in the country, saying "there are too many needless ruling bodies in Ukraine."

Ukraine's government was also expected to tighten expenditures to reduce its huge budget deficit by administrative reforms.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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