15:39 29.03.2016

Batkivschyna to join Rada coalition only after adoption of certain bills

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Batkivschyna to join Rada coalition only after adoption of certain bills

Leader of the Batkivschyna faction in Ukraine's parliament Yulia Tymoshenko has said that their faction is ready to join the parliamentary coalition only if a number of specific laws are adopted.

"We have made it a condition that certain bills, which we have named, should be adopted first. These bills have been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada. Most of them have passed through committees, and if there is good will to change the strategy of the socio-economic development, we need to vote. And we are told: join the coalition first and then we'll see what we will do," Tymoshenko told journalists in Kyiv on Tuesday.

"We are ready to enter into the coalition if the situation radically changes in the government and in the parliament in relation to people, to the middle class, to small and medium-sized businesses, to pensioners, to those affected by Chornobyl disaster, to the disabled, to the entire country," she said.

"If they change nothing, and they only want to exchange chairs and do as they did before, to create inflation, the fall of the hryvnia exchange rate, the freezing of pensions and wages, the multiple increase in tariffs, and the destruction of small and medium-sized businesses..., we are not ready for any cooperation with them," the Batkivschyna leader added.

As reported, the Batkivschyna put forward a number of requirements that must be envisaged in the new coalition agreement and the government's action program. These conditions include, in particular, changes in the strategy of socio-economic policy in the country.

The first condition is "to remove the cronyism between politicians, shady business and oligarchy, and finally show ministers, the prime minister and a majority in parliament, which is not affected by [oligarchic] clans."

Tymoshenko said that the second condition was voiced earlier by small and medium-sized businesses and concerns the steps the authorities need to take to boost the country's economy.

The third condition is the extension of the moratorium on the sale of farmland.

According to Tymoshenko, the fourth condition is the need to rectify "the erroneous, destructive and unprofessional socio-economic policies."

The fifth condition put forward by the Batkivschyna to the coalition is the abolition of taxation on pensions, as well as the need for the indexation of wages and social payments in accordance with the inflation rate, which last year was 49%.

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