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New Ukrainian president should dissolve parliament — presidential candidate

May 22, 2014, 20:56 UTC+3 KIEV
“This is one of the demands of Maidan - the reset of authorities, this is what most people want,” Petro Poroshenko says
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KIEV, May 22. /ITAR-TASS/. When elected, Ukraine’s new president will have to dissolve parliament, presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko said Thursday.

“The new president will have to dissolve parliament and announce early presidential elections,” Poroshenko, who is also a parliament deputy and businessman, told journalists in the city of Lviv in western Ukraine.

“This is one of the demands of Maidan - the reset of authorities, this is what most people want. After the elections, it is necessary to form a new coalition on the basis of our common goal - Euro-integration,” he said.

Maidan is the name for downtown Kiev's Independence Square, which is the symbol of Ukrainian protests.

Poroshenko said the parliament should be re-elected because the current composition of the Verkhovna Rada actually has no constitutional majority.

During a roundtable of national unity held May 21 in the southern Ukrainian city of Nikolayev, first Ukrainian president Leonid Kravchuk suggested to the Rada considering the possibility of self-dissolution.

“The time is very complicated, unusual. It is probably necessary to do like this: do it if you can, and go if you can’t,” Kravchuk said.

Party of Regions presidential candidate Mykhailo Dobkin said the current parliament does not reflect the popular opinion and should be re-elected.

“The Verkhovna Rada certainly needs to be re-elected,” Dobkin said, adding however that the time for the re-election should be chosen carefully.

The words “Maidan” and “Euromaidan” are used as a collective name for anti-government protests in Ukraine that started when President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union last year to study the deal more thoroughly.

Poroshenko earlier told media he had provided assistance to Euromaidan protesters in Kiev.

Ukraine is in turmoil after a coup occurred in the country in February. New people were propelled to power amid riots as security concerns caused Yanukovych to leave the country the same month. The new leaders set early presidential elections for May 25.

Massive protests against the coup-imposed Ukrainian authorities erupted in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking southeastern territories after the secession of the Crimean Peninsula, which declared independence on March 11 and joined Russia on March 18 following a referendum.

Demonstrators in southeastern regions, demanding federalization, seized some government buildings. Kiev has been conducting a punitive operation against pro-federalization activists.

The eastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions held referendums on May 11, in which most voters supported independence from Ukraine.

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