Seven MPs from the BYT faction were bribed to vote for the resignation of Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, MP from the BYT Serhiy Sobolev claimed on Mar. 3.
"For one person it concerns the title of Hero of Ukraine, for others, it concerns political bids, and for others it was thirty pieces of silver for which they were bought. For this reason, this morning in the faction we uncovered those who whished [to vote for Tymoshenko's resignation] and these wishes were confirmed by the relevant motives about which we learned beforehand," he said.
Asked who exactly voted for Tymoshenko's resignation, Sobolev said: "I would call them representatives of the business branch, although each of them has their own business."
"I think there was a direct motive that concerned both money and positional advantages," he said.
As reported, a total of 243 MPs backed a resolution on a vote of no confidence in the Cabinet of Ministers after the parliament considered this issue put forward by the Regions Party. Those who voted for the resolution included 172 Regions Party MPs, seven Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko MPs, 15 Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc MPs, 19 Bloc of Lytvyn MPs, 27 Communist Party MPs, and three MPs representing no faction.
From the BYT faction the following MPs supported Tymoshenko's resignation: Vitaliy Barvinenko, Hennadiy Zadirko, Volodymyr Kaplienko, Hryhoriy Omelchenko, Ihor Savchenko, Oleh Cherpytsky and Yuriy Poluneyev.
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.
Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the
www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials
contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior
written permission of Public Media at firstname.lastname@example.org
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal
use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of