Klitschko has no plans to leave post of Kyiv mayor
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko says he has no plans to leave the post of Kyiv mayor for the parliament.
"I have said more than once that the people of Kyiv have given me a large amount of trust to implement the needed reforms, the people of Kyiv have high expectations and I will not let them down. However, having assumed the responsibility by heading a unified list, I am leading my comrades to the Verkhovna Rada, and they should meet people's expectations not only in Kyiv, but all across the entire territory of the country and carry out reforms. I will not leave the post of mayor for the parliament," Klitschko told 1+1 television.
Klitschko said he hopes the Verkhovna Rada will pass the laws needed for the development of Kyiv in the very near future.
"I have high hopes for the new parliament. The capital and the parliament should work together. We need to pass a lot of bills. One of the key bills is changes to the legislation dealing with the payment of the personal income tax to the Kyiv budget. For this reason, all taxes paid by Kyiv residents should stay in Kyiv. The city budget currently has a deficit of over 3 billion hryvni, and over 8 billion hryvni is taken from us every year," he said.
Klitschko led the Petro Poroshenko Bloc in the October 26 Verkhovna Rada elections. He previously said more than once he would not leave the post of Kyiv mayor.