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Ukraine parliament must be dissolved if majority and opposition fail to agree

January 30, 2014, 16:15 UTC+3 KIEV
During discussions on the amnesty bill, President Yanukovich threatened he could call an early parliamentary election
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KIEV, January 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian MP from the ruling Party of Regions Sergei Tigipko told reporters on Thursday that the parliament deserved dissolution if the parliamentary majority and the opposition failed to agree.

On Wednesday, the Ukrainian parliament passed a bill on amnesty to protesters detained during recent unrest, drafted by Party of Regions’ deputy Yuri Miroshnichenko. With 226 votes required to pass the draft law, 232 parliamentarians backed it.

The bill envisages a pardon for all people who took part in riots during mass anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine except for those who committed grave crimes. Under the document, protesters should vacate state institutions they seized in Kiev and other regions of the country within 15 days.

The opposition took the bill critically. The leader of the Svoboda (Freedom) Party’s parliamentary faction, Oleg Tyagnibok urged all protesters on Kiev’s central Independence Square to continue protests.

“By passing this law they [the authorities] want to shift responsibility for the situation in the state on us,” he added. The leader of the opposition Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party’s faction, Arseny Yatsenyuk, echoed him.

During discussions on the bill, President Viktor Yanukovich threatened he could call an early parliamentary election in the country if the opposition and the parliamentary majority failed to reach a compromise.

Tigipko confirmed to reporters that he himself had voted for the bill.

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