Gridlock in parliament looks set to stay

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Feb. 20, 2013, 6:39 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Denis Rafalsky

The blockade of parliament, initiated by the opposition to demand personal voting by all deputies, has been dragging on for 15 days, or from the day the parliament was scheduled to convene for a session. Vitali Klitschko’s Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms (UDAR) Party have been sleeping in parliament to prevent the Party of Regions from breaking the blockade.

Denis Rafalsky

Despite a number of optimistic declarations of the past two days that the pro-presidential majority and the opposition are close to achieving a compromise on personal voting, Verkhovna Rada remains gridlocked, and prospect of truce as far as ever.

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