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Another Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense member of parliament joins coalition

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April 1, 2010, 12:01 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc MP Oleksandr Bobyliov has joined the parliamentary coalition.
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Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc MP Oleksandr Bobyliov has joined the parliamentary coalition. Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn read out Bobyliov's statement on joining the Stability and Reform coalition at a parliament meeting on Thursday.

The total number of coalition members now is 240.
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Anonymous April 1, 2010, 11:07 p.m.    

Judas is very proud.

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 4:31 a.m.    

Article 81 of Ukraine's Constitution prohibits a member from leaving the faction in which they were elected. If a member does not retrain his membership of the faction that appointed him he loses his mandate and authority to remain a member of parliament. MP's can not sit as independents. But what else can you expect from a party that has no respect for the rule of law or Ukraine's imperative mandate. A party that is lead by a disgraced ex-President who consistently ignored the provisions of Ukraine's Constitution..

Article 81

The authority of a People’s Deputy of Ukraine shall terminate prior to the expiration of his or her term in office in the event of:

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(6) his or her failure, as having been elected from a political party (an electoral bloc of political parties), to join the parliamentary faction representing the same political party (the same electoral bloc of political parties) or his or her exit from such a faction;

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Where a People’s Deputy of Ukraine, as having been elected from a political party (an electoral bloc of political parties), fails to join the parliamentary faction representing the same political party (the same electoral bloc of political parties) or exits from such a faction, the highest steering body of the respective political party (electoral bloc of political parties) shall decide to terminate early his or her authority on the basis of a law, with the termination taking effect on the date of such a decision

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 4:37 a.m.    

Article 81 combined with Article 83 makes it clear that the formation of a governing coalition by individual MP's is unconstitutional

Article 83

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According to election results and on the basis of a common ground achieved between various political positions, a coalition of parliamentary factions shall be formed in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to include a majority of People’s Deputies of Ukraine within the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 4:44 a.m.    

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Framework for forming, organising, and terminating activities of a coalition of parliamentary factions in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine shall be established by the Constitution of Ukraine and the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

The key question hangs on the definition of a &quot;parliamentary faction&quot; and the reference to a parliamentary faction being determined by the election results (i.e. the party list in which a member was appointed.) The constitutional Court has previously ruled on such a position. It is the faction as a whole that decides membership of a coalition not individual members.

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 4:56 a.m.    

In 2007 Yushchenko dismissed the previous Parliament because at the time he claimed that the then government was unconstitutional (in spite the fact that it was comprised of a factions who together represented a majority of the Parliament). Now it is his own faction/party that is in breach of the constitution. It seams that the constitution only applies when it suites the political requirements at the time. Our Ukraine - People's Self Defense should act to have those members who act outside of the factions mandate expelled and removed from office. (Article 81)

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 3:10 p.m.    

The main problem with the Party List system is that the power to appoint is in the hands of Party leaders. This only encourages corruption and cronyism. The only way to ensure a true democratic line of authority -from Rada to people- is through single member constituencies where the member is fully accountable to the people who vote for him/her. He can of course cross the floor of the house and betray his electorate but will never be elected again by his constituents. Usually MP's want to do right by those who elect them and they want to be popular and re-elected two or three times.

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