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 Head of Donetsk military civil administration believes local elections in Donbas should be postponed

No one would "appoint" mayors, deputies, and other officials of the elective posts in the Donbas any longer.

Head of the Donetsk military and civil administration Pavlo Zhebrivskyi said in an interview with Ukrinform, describing his meeting with representatives of financial industrial groups of the Donbas, Censor.NET reports.

"It is impossible to cosmeticize, tweak, or improve something slightly in the Donbas today. It actually should be proposed a new agenda, a new lifestyle. Because there are no political parties as we know them. The mayors, deputies, local self-government were "appointed" here all the time," Zhebrivskyi said.

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The head of the military civil administration advocates the postponement of the elections until 2017, "as the democracy there has been buried, so we should 'let healthy grains sprout' and hold elections after that."

"Certain deputies were getting to the city and regional governments under different flags all the time but in the end executed orders of their masterminds." According to Zhebrivskyi, the financial industrial groups have actually usurped all the economic, political, and social and cultural life of the Donbas region.

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"I have recently met representatives of financial industrial groups at their request. I told them: friends, do not even think of appointing mayors, deputies, and others if there are elections. I know that you act here as director has instructed to, without any options - like who pays the piper calls the tune. There are four or five people who pay, they also call the tune and define the lifestyle in the Donbas region," Zhebrivskyi said.

The head of the Donetsk regional military civil administration said that he saw the future of the Donbas with the monopoly of the financial industrial groups eliminated while small and medium businesses would generate 67 per cent of the gross domestic product of the Donetsk region.

 
 
 
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