KIEV, February 9. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Popular Front party said on Monday it hopes President Petro Poroshenko and the majority coalition factions in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) will support Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuyk’s program.
"Responsibility for the work of the cabinet of ministers rests on all coalition factions as it was formed by the five parliamentary factions and is not Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s personal project," the party, led by the prime minister, said in a statement. "This coalition government has proved more than once that it can consolidate a majority of votes in the Verkhovna Rada to pass major state decisions, like it was when the parliament adopted the 2016 budget."
"Now, everything depends on our capability to pass responsible political decisions and move ahead through consolidated efforts not trying to pass over the entire responsibility personally onto Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The prime minister and members of the government have declared basic principles to be used as a basis for a common plan of action for the entire team in power. They are no behind-the-scenes pressure, responsibility, transparency in decision making and division of competences between the branches of power," the party said, adding it hoped the president and other lawmakers would support Yatsenyuk’s program.
On Sunday, Yatsenyuk promised that his cabinet would develop a detailed step-by-step plan of actions for the next 12 months.
On Monday, the leader of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction, Yuri Lutsenko, told journalists the prime minister had no majority support to push decisions through the parliament. "Following today’s meeting of the factions leaders with the prime minister, I must state with regret that we are now faced with a 100% political crisis of the coalition and the government," he said.
"It has become clear today that the Yatsenyuk government does not have 226 votes [in the Verkhovna Rada] to pass major laws on European integration, economic development… What can we do? We can try to find a way out without any ultimatums. I see no other way out," Lutsenko stressed.
The coalition council will continue consultations on the action plan on Tuesday.