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 PPB's decision to unseat Tomenko and Firsov deals serious blow to democracy and parliamentarism in Ukraine, - Butusov

Ukraine has not yet seen a precedent of unseating a people's deputy against their will by a party congress decision.

Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov wrote in his blog.

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"The party congress has decided to unseat people's deputies Yehor Firsov and Mykola Tomenko elected from the party list. Ukraine has not yet seen a precedent of unseating a people's deputy against their will by a party congress decision. And here is the reason - by voting for party lists, people support not only brand and party's name, not only the top five but each deputy on the party list. Each name contributes to the result of vote. Depriving a deputy of the mandate means admitting deception and violation of interests of their voters," he wrote.

"MPs are not objects. They do not belong to the party. A deputy takes an oath to the people of Ukraine! It's strange that the PPB congress omits these truths!" Butusov remarked.

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"If the Supreme Administrative Court approves this unconstitutional decision of the party congress, the autonomy and independence of lawmakers from the party leadership will be crushed. Anyone with a special opinion will now be expelled from the parliament at any time if the party majority opposes this opinion. If the court upholds the decision, who will be the next? In this case, the majority system must be retained, since the dictatorship of party bosses will destroy the parliamentarism," journalist concluded.
 
 
 
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