Parliamentary coalition expands to 238 parliamentarians

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March 30, 2010, 2:47 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense (OU-PSD) MP Serhiy Vasylenko and Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYT) MPs Valentyn Zubov and Oleh Malich joined the coalition of parliamentary factions on Tuesday. The total number of coalition members now is 238.

On March 11, 2010, Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn declared the creation of the Stability and Reform coalition consisting of 235 MPs. The coalition was formed by factions of the Regions Party, the Bloc of Lytvyn, the Communist Party of Ukraine, along with six MPs each from the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc and the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko, and four independent MPs.

Twenty-two Regions Party MPs took an oath office on Tuesday to replace those who received new posts in the government and the presidential administration. They all were included in the Regions Party faction and the Stability and Reform coalition.
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Anonymous March 30, 2010, 10:19 p.m.    

Just take note of all those rats who deserted the opposition ranks. These scum should be voted out at the next election. This pathetic rabble could have been part of an effective opposition. They prefer the money under the table or other inducements to jump across to the other side. Unfortunately Ukrainian voters are too naive to understand this.

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Anonymous March 31, 2010, 7:39 a.m.    

It is also unconstitutional. We should have direct voting for individual MPs; barring that, MPs should not be allowed to change parties.

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