Ukraine ruling coalition dissolved

Ukraine’s ruling parliamentary majority was officially disbanded on Thursday, setting the stage for early legislative elections in the strife-torn ex-Soviet state.

Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov announced the formal dissolution of the European Choice coalition in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada in a move that gives President Petro Poroshenko the right over the next month to announce a fresh parliamentary poll.

The announcement was triggered by the withdrawal of several parties -- including the pro-European Udar party of former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko and the Fatherland group of ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko -- in anticipation of an early vote.

Early parliamentary elections in Ukraine have been expected since the February ouster of Kremlin-backed leader Viktor Yanukovych following months of deadly protests. The country was previously due to hold a vote only in 2017.

Poroshenko -- who was elected in May after constitutional changes handed more powers to parliament -- said that the deputies were recognising a groundswell of popular opinion that a new set of lawmakers should be chosen.

‘All public opinion polls, as well as direct contact with people, shows that the public wants a complete overhaul of those in power,’ Poroshenko said in a statement.

He pledged though that the possibility of upcoming elections would not paralyse the work of parliament at a time when Kiev is struggling to end a bloody separatist insurrection tearing apart the east of the country.


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