Parliament Speaker Parubiy submits to Ukraine's Constitutional Court documents proving existence of parliamentary coalition
Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, Andriy Parubiy said he had submitted to the Constitutional Court statements by lawmakers on their withdrawal from the coalition.
"As Verkhovna Rada Chairman, I have submitted to the [Constitutional] Court several important documents. One of them is a document on the number of two factions. I have also submitted other documents [...] All statements submitted to the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada administration on withdrawal from the coalition," Parubiy told reporters at the international forum Via Carpathia on Friday.
The speaker also said the coalition at its inception had 302 members, who represented two factions and several lawmakers.
"I have submitted all statements by all MPs who have filed statements on withdrawal. If the number of these statements is subtracted from 302, it makes more than 226. Which confirms that a coalition existed at the moment People's front left the coalition, and it comprised several independent MPs in addition to two factions," he said.
Parubiy said he had no powers to count members of the coalition and the president of Ukraine does not have such functions either, but "the Constitutional court currently has enough documented data to draw a clear conclusion that the coalition comprised over 226 MPs in 2016 and in May, before People's Front's withdrawal."
According to earlier reports, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on early termination of the powers of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and calling an early election, according to which the early parliamentary election was scheduled for July 21. To support his contention, he said there was no coalition in parliament.