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Ukraine's parliamentary coalition officially formed

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March 16, 2010, 1:43 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The list includes the Party of Regions faction in all its entirety (172 members), all 27 members of the Communist Party faction and all 20 members of the Lytvyn Bloc.

A list of 235 members of the Stability and Reform parliamentary coalition was published on Tuesday in the official newspaper of the Ukrainian parliament, Holos Ukrainy. The list includes the Party of Regions faction in all its entirety (172 members), all 27 members of the Communist Party faction and all 20 members of the Lytvyn Bloc.

The coalition membership has thus been officially published.

The coalition also comprises 16 individual deputies - six members of the faction of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc (BYT), another six from the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense faction and four independent deputies.

The Ukrainian parliament, Verkhovna Rada, has five factions: the Party of Regions faction with 172 members, the BYT faction with 155, the Our Ukraine-People's Self Defense faction with 72 members, the Communist Party faction with 27 and the Lytvyn Bloc faction with 20 members. The Rada has 450 seats.
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Anonymous March 16, 2010, 2:33 p.m.    

Article 83 of Ukraine's Constitution requires that the governing coalition be comprised of faction (not individual) that represent a majority of the elected Parliament.

As stated in the last paragraph there are only five factions.

A governing coalition can only be formed with the support of either Bloc Tymoshenko or Our Ukraine-Peoples' Self Defense.

There is no right for individuals to form a governing coalition.

Individual MPs can not retain their parliamentary mandate. They must belong and remain a member of the faction to which they were appointed. They can not sit as independents. Article 81. If they no longer are members of the faction which appointed them then within 20 days of no longer being a member of the faction they lose their authority.

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Anonymous March 17, 2010, 6:08 p.m.    

1000000% &quot;Anti-Constitutional&quot; formed government!

What a bunch of &quot;lawless&quot; criminals!

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