Tymoshenko faction deputy denies voting to extend parliament term

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Feb. 2, 2011, 9:33 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Mayor of Kremenchuk (Poltava region), MP Oleh Babayev, who was expelled from the BYT-Batkivschyna faction on February 1, did not participate in the vote on constitutional amendments, his reception reported on Tuesday. Babayev did not leave Kremenchuk on February 2, the reception said.

"He could not participate in any vote, because he did not leave for Kyiv. The mayor is in the town today [on February 1]," the town administration said.

Babayev was elected mayor of Kremenchuk on October 31.

As reported, the BYT-Batkivschyna faction on Tuesday expelled seven deputies, including Babayev, who voted for amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the date of the next parliamentary elections.
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Anonymous Feb. 2, 2011, 1:39 p.m.    

As usual with PoR, voting was manipulated to serve their interests and produce the desired result. Check this article from Ukrainian Pravda:

But of course the constitutional court will not consider any irregularities in the voting, and just confirm the amendments. That is what they are paid for.

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Anonymous Feb. 2, 2011, 4:13 p.m.    

And the &quot;payment&quot; is certainly very generous...

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Anonymous Feb. 2, 2011, 4:53 p.m.    

Here's an even better example from Ukrainian Pravda:

One of the members of Parliament from the Our Ukraine/Nationas Self-Defense faction (NUNS) was in WASHINGTON, DC ---- with his electronic Parliamentary voting card!! ----- when the vote was being taken.

He took a picture.

He was not present for the vote - he was in a totally different country!

Yet, his vote was &quot;registered&quot; as having voted for the election amendments.

&quot;Playing the piano&quot; is well-known in the Ukrainian sewer called Parliament - deputies bounce from machine to machine sticking in voting cards of various deputies.

But reaching across the Atlantic to vote for a non-present deputy - that's quite a trick!

On that same page is a video of Yefremov blubbering and blathering all over himself - in typical sovok-style - about how the incident didn't happen, &quot;nothing to see here,&quot; and the typical mafiosi Party of Regions lies.

Ukraine is a circle of hell sewer filled with homo sovieticus mafiosi. Not even Dante could have dreamed this up.

To paraphrase one of the members of Svoboda on the last Savik Shuster show, Ukraine went from being the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Mafia Republic to the Ukrainian to the Ukrainian Mafia Oligarchy of Loyal Communists.

And it will get worse, unless Ukrainians figure out a way to break out of the circle of hell.

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Anonymous Feb. 2, 2011, 3:24 p.m.    

What is obvious is that Our Ukraine voted to support the motion. It is clear that early elections would result in them losing representation. the same for bloc Lytvyn and a reduction in representation for the communist party of Ukraine. It is questionable of the parliament can make retrospective amendments extending the term of office of the current parliament. Personally Io think a four year fixed term is appropriate not five. The President should be appointed by a constitutional majority of the parliamentary vote. direct election is a waste of resources and money.

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Anonymous Feb. 2, 2011, 3:38 p.m.    

Did someone &quot;vote&quot; in his place?

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Anonymous Feb. 2, 2011, 3:44 p.m.    

Sure, there were 25 absent MPs who &quot;voted&quot; for the amendments. One was in a plane over the Atlantic when someone &quot;voted&quot; for him.

This is PoR &quot;democracy&quot;.

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