18:20 Mar. 29, 2016
Its leader Timoshenko warns against the talks of the biggest parties in the current parliament
"If someone thinks that parliament needs to be saved, then we have to outline together 10-15 categorical conditions that must be met before the formation of any coalition and which are related to the lives of people," Tymoshenko said in parliament.
Ukrainian politicians were looking to revamp government on the same days as parliament approved the resignation of General Prosecutor Viktor Shokin, an official seen by the Ukraine's Western backers as an obstacle to tackling corruption.
Tymoshenko warned against talks being dominated by the two biggest factions in the coalition.
"I can tell you that all negotiations which are being held today behind the scenes are limited to the two biggest factions - 'People's Front' and 'Petro Poroshenko Bloc' - swapping their seats in presidiums. Petro Poroshenko Bloc from the presidium of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) will go to the presidium of government and People's Front will come to the presidium of the Verkhovna Rada from the presidium of government," said Tymoshenko.
Leader of Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Yuriy Lutsenko, said he welcomed a decision by Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's party to renew the coalition.
"Petro Poroshenko Bloc welcomes the decision of Batkivshchyna to renew the coalition 'European Ukraine'. Petro Poroshenko Bloc also supports a proposal of our allies from the People's Front to hold a general meeting of members of the coalition at 12.00 (0900GMT) where we will consider the issue of a new prime minister and a new government. I think it is a responsible and brave step by political elite," said Lutsenko during the parliament session.
Late on Monday (March 28) Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's party said it had agreed to form a new alliance with Fatherland and Ukraine's biggest faction, belonging to President Petro Poroshenko.
Source - Reuters