“The Ukrainian people gave an assessment of what’s happening with our country over the past five years. This assessment is indeed looks like the sentence. It’s not just in the personality of Petro Poroshenko. Now it will be convenient and profitable for many people to personalize the defeat. The matter is in the system, the main expression of which was, of course, Poroshenko. The authorities have long ignored the warnings of sociologists,” stated Oleksandr Vilkul, deputy Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC in the Verkhovna Rada, commenting on the defeat of the current president, Petro Poroshenko.
According to him, 75% of Ukrainian citizens do not support the policy of the current authorities, viewing it as misleading. “75% of inhabitants want peace, not war,” Vilkul said. – Ukrainians expressed their position against the artificial separation of East and West, against war, poverty, hypocrisy, against nationalism as a state ideology, against persecutions of the Ukrainian canonical Orthodox Church, against rewriting the history and glorification of the fascists as heroes. They are against experiments with language and consciousness, against corruption, against the lies and propaganda, thanks to which all the failures in the economy and the social sphere were presented as gigantic achievements on the way to Europe, as well as against the persecution of the opposition.”
Oleksandr Vilkul also called on the Speaker of Parliament and colleagues-deputies to avoid considering draft laws that split society, and to start other really important draft laws. “Don’t you really understand that aggressive language policy has become one of the factors that led your team to defeat? I consider it expedient to move towards more important issues that citizens of Ukraine expect from us.
First of all, we must make a decision as soon as possible which would guarantee the holding of parliamentary elections on the basis of open lists. The Electoral Code should replace the approaches to the electoral system and eliminate the very possibility of manipulation in the middle of the Verkhovna Rada – when the president, using the votes of deputies from single-member constituencies, forms convenient coalitions and controls the parliament. If the new electoral legislation is not adopted, the very possibility of holding early elections based on the old law, multiplied by the inertia of the presidential campaign and the polarization of society, can lead to the fact that the next parliament will preserve the confrontation between Poroshenko’s and Zelensky’s supporters for another 5 years. The current parliament has preserved complexes and phobias of the Maidan in 2014. It will be possible to forget about constructive work,” the opposition leader stressed.
Oleksandr Vilkul also urged to immediately consider the law on the opposition, which would consolidate the rights and political possibilities of the opposition in Ukraine and bring the situation in the Verkhovna Rada in line with world standards of democracy. “I remind you that Pat Cox several times pointed to the adoption of the law on the opposition, and the provision of control functions to the opposition. It must be done. I believe that this will be supported today by the BPP, which will obviously be further opposition. The Verkhovna Rada will become a real fuse for the unfolding of unhealthy tendencies in society and will not allow the situation in the state to be completely dependent on the change of persons in the office at the Presidential Administration. I think that today the future of our country depends on our wisdom and solidarity,” the MP summarized.