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Ukraine's President Marks 100 Days in Office


Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has marked his first 100 days in office with a vow to maintain the struggle against poverty as his main priority.

He made the comments in pre-recorded message marking the 100-day milestone.

Mr. Yushchenko was elected in a re-vote in December after the country's Supreme Court threw out flawed November elections. Tens of thousands of Yushchenko supporters had packed the streets of Kiev to demand the fresh election.

During his time in office, pensions and some incomes have increased, and he has sought to expand integration with the West.

A recent public opinion poll from the Democratic Initiatives Foundation put his approval rating at 60 percent.

But some in Ukraine have complained about the economy and inflation after a decision to revalue the national currency.

Members of the former government say they are victims of political persecution as the new administration pursues anti-corruption efforts.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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