Samopomich pulls out from ruling coalition in parliament
The Samopomich parliamentary faction has announced it is pulling out from the ruling coalition in parliament, faction leader Oleh Bereziuk said.
"The leaders of the Samopomich party have decided to recognize as impossible Samopomich's further alliance with the political forces that are involved in an oligarchic coup at the parliament and stop its membership in the parliamentary coalition," Bereziuk said in quoting the party's decision in Kyiv on Thursday.
He said that all the members of the faction had already signed an appeal to the Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Groysman regarding the cessation of its participation in the coalition.
The Samopomich faction will also initiate amendments to the law On Elections so that the next parliamentary elections will be held based on open election lists.
Samopomich has also addressed the members of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc and Popular Front factions "who consider it unacceptable for themselves to be involved in cementing a government of kleptocracy and oligarchy" to leave their factions and jointly coordinate steps to protect parliamentarianism in Ukraine.
It was reported earlier, that five factions at the Verkhovna Rada, i.e. those of Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Popular Front, Samopomich Association, the Radical Party of Oleh Liashko, and Batkivschyna, decided on November 27, 2014, to set up a parliamentary coalition.
The Radical Party's faction left the coalition at the end of 2015. Batkivschyna announced its withdrawal from the coalition on February 17, 2016. Petro Poroshenko Bloc said it would not recall its signatures from the coalition agreement, but acknowledged that the coalition had essentially broken up.