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Published in Stream:
Day 714: February 1, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Samopomich Calls For Resignation Of Government, Threaten To Withdraw From Coalition
6 years
Attacks Reported Across Front Line

The Samopomich party is today demanding the resignation of the incumbent government and the prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and threatening to withdraw from the governing coalition.

The party's minister for agriculture, Oleksiy Pavlenko, offered his resignation on January 29 after the Samopomich political council decided to withdraw him from the Cabinet.

Samopomich MP Tetiana Ostrikova told the 112 television channel this morning that the party is making a declaration of no-confidence in the current government.

Ostrikova said that if the party's demand for the complete resignation of the government is not complied with, they may withdraw their members from the coalition.

"We will decide separately on the the question of withdrawal from the coalition, in the even that the government is not completely reformatted, depending on whether we will be represented in this government and how we are represented in it."

Ukrainska Pravda later reported that Samopomich's Oleh Berezyuk had told a meeting of the Rada Coordination Council that the party wants coalition members to put forth three candidates for replacing Yatsenyuk.

UNIAN explains that Samopomich and Batkivshchyna, which also seeks the dismissal of former member Yatsenyuk, will have an opportunity to get a no-confidence vote in the Rada when the parliament receives the annual progress report from the Cabinet:

Article 228 of the Verkhovna Rada's rules and regulations says that once a year the parliament shall hear the government's report on its performance and the implementation of the Cabinet's action program. The government shall present its report within 45 days after the calendar year is over.

Should the Cabinet's performance be recognized unsatisfactory, the MPs could initiate a no-confidence vote.

Rada Chairman Volodymyr Groysman earlier announced that the parliament may consider a Cabinet report from February 16 to February 19.

Meanwhile President Poroshenko has signed a bill ordering the Central Electoral Commission to hold a repeat election in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, where Samopomich lost by 752 votes to the Opposition Bloc in a controversial ballot last year.

-- Pierre Vaux