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Ukrainian opposition suggests creating alternative parliament

January 19, 2014, 20:22 UTC+3 KIEV
“Verkhovnaya Rada (parliament) lost its legitimacy after that vote,” the leader of Ukraine’s Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party Yatsenyuk said
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KIEV, January 19, 20:07 /ITAR-TASS/. The leader of Ukraine’s Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party announced the pro-European opposition’s action plan at a regular meeting on Kiev’s Independence Square where a ‘people’s assembly’ was held on Sunday.

Yatsenyuk announced that the Ukrainian parliament lost its legitimacy after a majority of deputies had passed bills on prosecution for slander and extremism on January 16. Other measures include stricter punishment for organization of mass riots, the blocking and seizure of buildings.

Besides, new laws also introduce punishment for negation of crimes committed by fascists and prosecution for the destruction of monuments to Soviet soldiers. They also provide for additional measures to protect judges.

“Verkhovnaya Rada (parliament) lost its legitimacy after that vote,” Yatsenyuk said.

“That is why we should create our own People’s Rada (parliament) out of opposition representatives,” Yatsenyuk said.

Besides, the opposition intends to stage a public vote for the Ukrainian president’s resignation and work out a new constitution for Ukraine.

For his part, Oleg Tyagnibok, the leader of the Svoboda (Freedom) party, said that the opposition did not recognize and would not implement the bills which had been adopted by parliament on January 16 and which were signed by the Ukrainian president and were going to sabotage them.

The opposition also called for creating municipal militia for people’s self-defense and staging a public vote for the elections of the mayor of Kiev and members of the Moscow city council.

The Ukrainian opposition holds such meetings, which it calls a “people’s assembly” every week with an aim to draw more supporters, predominantly from Ukraine’s Western regions.

The Sunday meeting of the “people’s assembly” has been the eighth since late November.

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