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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
MP Excluded From Poroshenko's Party After Hoisting Yatsenyuk Aloft In Rada
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The Verkhovna Rada has yet again been the venue for farcical brawling as Oleg Barna, an MP in President Petro Poroshenko's party, grabbed and hoisted the prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, aloft after handing him a bouquet of flowers. Fighting ensued.

The incident occurred after Yatsenyuk told critics of his energy policy to put their questions the energy minister, Volodymyr Demchyshyn rather than himself. 

The bouquet had been intended for MP Mykola Tomenko, whose birthday is today, however he was absent from the chamber.

UNIAN notes that Barna is currently collecting signatures for a vote of no confidence in the Cabinet. Yatsenyuk has been under growing pressure in recent weeks over allegations of corruption and and criticism that he is failing to enact necessary reforms. One of the most vocal critics has been the governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili.

Barna has now been excluded from Bloc Petro Poroshenko (BPP), a move supported by an absolute majority in the party.

Ukrainska Pravda reports that Barna said today:

"I am against prime minister Yatsenyuk. I have been consistent in my position. If needed, I will write a statement."

But BPP MP Valeriy Patskan told the online paper that the decision to exclude Barna for the sake of the unity of the governing coalition was a difficult one for the party.

UNIAN reports that Yatsenyuk has told MPs that he will accept the decision of the Rada if there was a successful vote against him.

"I took full responsibility for the most unpopular steps in our country, which nobody has done for 20 years. And when I came to this post, I knew what would happen to my rating. I knew it. I did not come here for my own political rating, but to carry out reforms, and for the rating of our country," he said during the parliament's hour of questions to the government on Friday, according to an UNIAN correspondent...

"Put this issue to the vote and vote. I will accept the decision of the Ukrainian parliament. I don't cling to this chair," he said. 

-- Pierre Vaux