Supreme Rada Not Supports Bill on Financing of Extraordinary Parliamentary Elections
Ukraine, Kiev, 30 October / Trend corr. Z.Novosvitskiy / The Supreme Rada of Ukraine did not support a bill on Injection of changes into Law on Public Budget of Ukraine for 2008 concerning financing of the extraordinary parliamentary elections.
MP Kseniya Lyapin, a member of the pro-presidential fraction of Our Ukraine - National Self-Defense (OU-NS), introduced this bill.
Only 222 MPs supported the bill, while 226 votes were required to adopt the bill. A total of 170 MPs from the Party of regions, 35 MPs from OU-NS fraction and 17 MPs from fraction of Litvin Bloc voted for the bill. MPs from fraction of Yuliya Timoshenko Bloc (YTB) and Communist Party of Ukraine did not support the bill.
The document envisaged allocation of 417.5mln hryven from the public budget to hold extraordinary parliamentary elections
There was a conflict between MPs of the OU-NS and YTB before voting for the bill at the Supreme Rada. The YTB MPs stated that voting took place on the behalf of some OU-NS MPs, who were absent at the Parliament. Then the YTB MPs came to places, where members of the OU-NS fraction were seated, and began to pull out cards from the voting system at places, where MPs were absent. Moreover, conflict took place amongst MPs. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the speaker of the Supreme Rada, repeatedly addressed to Ivan Kirilenko, the leader of the YTB, to make calm members of his fraction.
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