The “tradition” of Ukrainian parliamentarism is to agree in the evening and come in the morning and do the opposite. That is how the Prime Minister of the Opposition Government, Borys Kolesnikov, commented on the failure of the vote of amendments to the electoral legislation by the MPs of the Verkhovna Rada on the TV channel “Ukraine” on Thursday, May 23.
He noted that the OPPOSITION BLOC is the only faction that voted for all the proposed revisions. “In essence, it was about returning to the electoral legislation of 2006-2007 with a proportional system and a 3% barrier. This, in our view, and the opinion of many of our colleagues, is the only system under which it is impossible to “buy” a constituency for buckwheat. As for the open or closed party lists, this is a controversial issue. Because all parties are already obliged to publish their party lists, and if you do not like someone in it, you can choose another party. But as a result, everything turned out to be in the best “traditions” of Ukrainian parliamentarism – to agree in the evening and come in the morning and do the opposite,” Borys Kolesnikov said.
The opposition Prime Minister noted that the new elections would not solve the problems of Ukraine, since they will not change the system of state administration. “We need serious constitutional changes. We need a bicameral parliament with a maximum of 150 MPs in the lower house. This election is just a change of scenery. This is not bad, of course, but it will not solve the problem,” the opposition leader emphasized.