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  2013

 Poroshenko Bloc took no final decision on voting for amendments to Constitution, - MP Patskan

Poroshenko Bloc faction has not yet decided on voting for the amendments to the Constitution in terms of decentralization in the second reading.

Verkhovna Rada Deputy from Poroshenko Bloc faction Valerii Patskan told Censor.NET correspondent.

According to him, the final decision will be made after the meeting of coordination board scheduled for Monday, Jan 25.

"The colleagues have different opinions regarding these amendments now. The unclear or incorrectly presented item concerning elections in the Donbas has always been the stumbling block. ... I'm against the idea of holding elections until Ukrainian flags flying over all public institutions there and while there are weapons. Is it possible to hold them at gunpoint?! By comparison, it is the same as holding a referendum in Crimea now," the lawmaker said.

Read more: Batkivshchyna will not vote for Constitution amendments at second reading, - MP Lutsenko

According to MP, this issue will have to be tackled sooner or later which means choosing from electing the people living there now or the displaced persons, who have been forced to flee their homes. "I would raise the issue of elections to be held in a year in order to make proper preparations under condition of cessation of hostilities within next month," Valerii Patskan stated

"What can the Minsk process influence on here? It may solve the issue of cease-fire and exchange of prisoners but not expression of the will," Patskan said.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko expressed confidence that the parliament would support the amendments to the Constitution in terms of decentralization before the end of 2016. "I have no doubt that we have these 300 votes," the president said.

Read more: Ukraine shows serious progress, - Council of Europe on decentralization

 
 
 
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