The week that passes nails the consciousness of the Ukrainians. Zelensky’s party receives 254 seats in the parliament and a pro-Russian blogger Shariy – millions of hryvnias of the Ukrainian funds. Revenge or a new bright future? Look for the answers in our traditional digest.
254 MPs swept up the seats in the parliament. This has not been since the Soviet era. Yanukovych would have envied such a result with his armada – the Party of Regions – there were only 185 MPs and even Mr. Viktor had to think about a coalition.
Now, Servant of the People party doesn’t see the need in negotiation a coalition in the Verkhovna Rada.
“Cooperation in the Council will be possible with all political forces that coincide with us in ideological terms of the development of our country,” the head of Servants of the People Dmytro Razumkov said.
“But now it’s not necessary to talk about a coalition, because we see enough of our results. And we have not yet fully seen the results of our colleagues or opponents in the Verkhovna Rada,” he added.
At the same time, Razumkov assures that Ukrainians don’t have to fear the power grasp.
Yes, no power grasp. Just one political force can now alone form the entire Cabinet of Ministers, appoint the Attorney General, vote for any law that doesn’t change the Constitution of Ukraine.
If you are afraid of the quantity of the first place, then pay attention to the quality of the second one – 13% of Viktor Medvedchuk’s party Opposition Platform – For Life. A pro-Russian authority will receive 43 seats in the parliament. Less than them: Batkivshchyna and European Solidarity will receive 26 and 25 seats, and only 20 – Svyatoslav Vakarchuk’s party Voice.
Aside to that, those parties that didn’t enter the parliament will receive state funding.
So according to the data of the CHESNO source, 11 parties aim for the state funds, 5 of them are parliamentary and 6 extra-parliamentary. The least will receive Groysman’s Ukrainian strategy, AUU Svoboda and Shariy’s party. All of them can receive state funding in the amount of approximately 11.5-12.2 million hryvnias per year.
The logic of such a law is to provide parties with an alternative source of funding, which should reduce their dependence on large donors, in our case – on oligarchs. Gradually, it must lead to qualitative changes in decision making both at the local level and the parliamentary. Shariy and qualitative changes in the Verkhovna Rada – looking forward to them soon.
In these elections, many have happened for the first time. The Ukrainska Pravda collected the most interesting facts about this unique “green” elections.
According to previous results, in the parliament of the 9th convocation, there will be 3/4 of the newbies. Now, 323 candidates who have never worked there get to the parliament. 167 of them are elected by party lists, 156 – by single-choice voting.
Most of the newbies are led by Servant of the People party which neither in the lists nor in the districts has any former or current deputies, and Voice party that has only Svyatoslav Vakarchuk with the mandate.
It is worth noting that such “bisons” of Ukrainian politics as Serhiy Kivalov, Oleksandr Hranovsky, Ihor Kononenko, the oligarch Konstantyn Zhevago, Volodymyr Lytvyn and many others go past the VR.
Now, 87 women have been elected to the parliament, that amounts to 20.52% of the factual number of MPs. This is almost twice as much as at the previous convocation. Also, for the first time in the Council, there will be a black MP – Zhan Beleniuk – a world champion, silver medal holder of the Olympic Games, Greco-Roman wrestler.
Without any obstacles, the President’s Office asked the Cabinet of Ministers to file for dismissal of the head of the Kyiv City State Administration Vitaliy Klitschko.
Earlier, the head of the President’s Office Andriy Bohdan in an interview to the RBC-Ukraine threatened Vitaliy Klitschko with the delineation of authority between of the mayor of Kyiv and the chairman of the Kyiv City State Administration.
“I have an agreement that the mayor of Kyiv demonstrates an open, honest, pro-state position on economic and political issues and in the interests of citizens of the city of Kyiv. And then we will make a staff decision. In other cases, there will be another staff decision. But they will be fundamentally different,” Bohdan said.
We will note that the head of the Kyiv City State Administration is the executive power in Kyiv, and the mayor deals with the city council and performs representative functions.
However, Klitschko said he would struggle for the post.
“The influence of the president and government on local self-government is a direct contradiction with the European Charter. If a mayor is elected and he has no authority to implement the citizenry expectation who trust him… there’s no such a thing in any European city or any European modern country,” Klitschko believes.
He doesn’t agree with the idea of sharing the duties and promises to struggle for the concentration of power in one hand. “In any case, I will not surrender, I will do everything to defend local self-government. And this question is not mine, it’s a question of the general principles that should be in our city so that the Kyiv residents could manage the city via elections, choosing the Kyiv city council and the mayor of the capital,” Klitschko said.
While in Britain the government was headed by Boris Johnson (also a showman of his kind), our Volodymyr Groysman is already packing his bags.
“Our government delegates authority to the parliament-elect at the first meeting. Next, we will fulfil the duties until the formation of a new government. I hope that this will happen soon, and I would like the meeting of the first parliament to take place soon,” the head of government noted.
Unlike Ukraine, Johnson has given key positions to supporters of the country’s exit from the European Union.
Britain has always been one of the strategic partners of our country. This is especially important to keep these relations when Putin issues Russian passports in the Donbas, and we cannot oppose anything. About seven thousand residents of the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have already received Russian citizens under the simplified scheme.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry calls passport issuing an act of a hybrid war. What do the diplomats think about the elections to the parliament?
Text by Kostyantyn Rul