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Ukraine’s new parliament will begin its work as scheduled – Prime Minister

November 06, 2012, 13:30 UTC+3

First session of the new parliament is scheduled for December 17

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KIEV, November 6 (Itar-Tass) — Ukraine’s newly elected parliament will begin its work in as scheduled, Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Party of Regions Nikolai Azarov said on Tuesday.

“The country has no money to be wasted on absurd ideas (of the opposition,” he told journalists, commenting on the opposition’s threats to waive parliament seats.

According to the prime minister, the opposition is again seeking to destabilize the situation. “They will not succeed. The country has held elections, has formed a parliament which will begin its work in due time,” he stressed.

“We have no money to be wasted on absurd ideas and I want everybody to be aware of that. The situation in the world and in the country does not allow us to spend the money meant for pensions, wages or necessary projects on fantastic ideas (of rerun elections to parliament),” he said.

He reminded that shortly after the elections he invited all the parties which had won seats in the Verkhovna Rada for constructive cooperation and expressed disappointment that no one had accepted his invitation. “Now some politicians are calling for “zeroing.” As a matter of fact, they have zeroed themselves long before. They seem to have no thought what it would be like to draw the country into any reruns. It will cost billions of hryvnas,” he stressed.

A couple of days ago, the opposition said it might refuse from seats in the news parliament because of mass vote rigging at the elections of October 28. The leader of the BYUT-Batkivshchina faction in the current parliament, Andrei Kozhemyako said possible waiver of parliamentary seats was negotiated with the three opposition parties which had won seats in the new parliament. Thus, the opposition wants to “zero” party lists and frustrate the work of the newly elected Verkhovna Rada.

The current parliament ends its work this week and the first session of the new parliament is scheduled for December 17. Meanwhile, Verkhovna Rada speaker Vladimir Litvin does not rule out that the first session might be held already on December 14.


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