People's Self-Defense faction: Twelve parliamentarians expelled from Our Ukraine

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Sept. 7, 2011, 10:30 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Members of parliament gather to show their support for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich during a ceremony to open parliament in Kiev, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, as opposition lawmakers have placed banners on their seats to protest against the arrest and trial of ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yulia Lutsenko.
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Twelve MPs, including Davyd Zhvania, have been expelled from the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense parliamentary faction. "Formal approaches were applied to the issue. We are speaking about the MPs that voted for 'the Kharkiv agreements' and joined the coalition of the Regions Party, the Communist Party and the Lytvyn Bloc. These MPs have been expelled," a member of the faction, Viacheslav Kyrylenko, told Interfax-Ukraine on September 6.

Kyrylenko said that the faction held a meeting for three hours, each member voiced his position on the issue, and the meeting was held "in a calm and polite manner."

"This [the expulsion of the MPs] allows the faction to resume work, as the faction has joined the wide platform of the opposition to the current authorities," he added.

The MP said that the faction was planning to take part in a parliamentary sitting on Wednesday, September 7.

According to a source, Davyd Zhvania, Mykola Kruts, Kateryna Lukianova, Volodymyr Maruschenko, Oleh Novikov, Oleksandr Omelchenko, Ihor Palytsia, Volodymyr Poliachenko, Serhiy Kharovsky, Viktor Shevchuk, Serhiy Vasylenko, and Vladyslav Kaskiv were expelled from the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense faction.

The parliament of Ukraine includes five factions and one deputy team. The Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense faction includes 67 MPs.
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