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Five parties sign agreement to establish coalition in Ukraine parliament

November 21, 2014, 4:37 UTC+3 KIEV

Participants in the ruling coalition commit themselves to investigating the killing of protesters on Kiev’s Independence Square in February 2014

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KIEV, November 21. /TASS/. Ukraine’s People’s Front, Radical Party, Samopomoshch (Self Help), Petro Poroshenko Bloc and Yulia Timoshenko’s Batkivshchina have signed an agreement to establish a coalition in Ukraine’s parliament, UNIAN news agency reports.

In the final version of the draft agreement, participants in the ruling coalition commit themselves to investigating the killing of protesters on Kiev’s Independence Square in February 2014.

They also vow to abolish parliamentary immunity. “We will ensure equality of all state officials before the law, restrict all kinds of immunity against criminal prosecution. We will be open and accountable to the society, and will be guided in our activity only by law, that is why we will abolish parliamentary immunity,” said the preamble of the document.

“We see our main task in ensuring defense potentials of Ukraine, economic growth, protection of rights and freedoms of our citizens,” says the document.

It also lists among the tasks “protection of legal interests of Crimean Tatars, all Ukrainian citizens living on a temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, parts of the Lugansk and Donetsk region, and liberation of these territories”.

The document says the implementation of the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union will be the basis of reforms in Ukraine.

“We will carry out reforms designed to achieve European quality of life for Ukrainian citizens, do away with poverty, develop a competitive economy, have a stable development of the society, favourable conditions for business, new jobs and decline in unemployment, as well as to obtain energy independence, develop the civil society, ensure freedom of speech, fight corruption and restore justice, develop education and science, culture and spirituality,” it said.

The first session of the new parliament is expected on November 27. Meanwhile, the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, the Samopomoshch (Self-assistance) association, the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) association, the People’s Front Party and the Radical Party have worked on a collation agreement for more than two weeks.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuyk’s People’s Front won October 26 parliamentary elections with 22.14% of the vote. The Petro Poroshenko Bloc scored 21.81% of votes.

The party Samopomoshch led by Lvov’s Mayor Andrei Sadony won 10.97% of votes, Yuri Boiko’s Opposition Bloc won 9.43% of votes, Oleg Lyashko’s Radical Party - 7.44%, and Yulia Timoshenko’s Batkivshchina (Fatherland) - 5.68%.

Thus, the People’s Front will have 54 seats in the Verkhovna Rada (supreme legislature), the Petro Poroshenko Bloc will take 63 seats, Samopomoshch - 32 seats, the Opposition Bloc - 27 seats, the Radical Party - 22 seats, and Batkivshchina - 17 seats.

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