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Ukrainian parliament coalition risks collapsing as another party may join opposition

November 06, 2015, 14:31 UTC+3 KIEV
The Samopomich faction has been discussing the variant of joining the opposition
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KIEV, November 6. /TASS/. The coalition in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) is collapsing, as leader of the Samopomich (Self-assistance) faction Oleg Bereznyuk said his political force "has been discussing the variant of joining the opposition" thus quitting the coalition.

Earlier, the parliamentary majority lost the Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko, and then Batkivshchyna of Yulia Tymoshenko refused to vote any bills until gas tariffs are down, taxes are off pensions and moratorium on selling land is extended.

The People’s Front faction may also quit the coalition if the parliament initiates dismissal of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.The prime minister said if the coalition made him resign, he would take away with him all deputies of the People’s Front. The dismissal may be initiated in a month’s time already - on December 12 the premier immunity expires.

If the parliament is not happy with work of the cabinet, the issue of dismissing will be only logical.

"If the prime minister quits, the government collapses, and the coalition follows suit," head of the Ukrainian Barometer sociology service Viktor Nebozhenko said.

President [Petro] Poroshenko is not interested in collapse of the coalition. He needs the majority (300 votes) to make changes to the constitution. The changes are due to be discussed in December. The parliament also should adopt the budget for the upcoming year, and without it international creditors would not give a cent to the country.

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