Zelensky administration: dissolution of Ukrainian parliament is possible due to absence of coalition

The dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada is possible because there is currently no coalition in parliament,said the speaker of the newly elected President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky’s administration, Dmitry Razumkov, on the show “The Voice of the People” on the TV channel 112 Ukraine.

“The coalition consists of two factions. There are not enough people’s deputies in these factions, that is, there are fewer than 226,” he said.

According to Razumkov, various organizations appealed to Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy with a request to provide a list naming the deputies who are members of the coalition, but did not receive a response. “By the way, this violates current legislation. Therefore, the precedent for dissolution exists,” he noted.

The speaker of the Zelensky administration, relying on legal counsel, said the Rada should not be dissolved later than May 27. Razumkov believes that the country's Central Election Commission is delaying the publication of election results for this reason. After that, in his opinion, the Rada will delay the process of setting the date of the inauguration “so that it falls on a date past which the Rada can be dissolved”.

On April 23, the CEC of Ukraine announced that, following the second round of elections, Zelensky won 73.22% of the vote. Official results have not yet been announced and the commission promises to do so on April 30. Zelensky accused the CEC of delaying the recognition of his victory to deprive him of the opportunity to dissolve the Rada. In response, the CEC called the statements of the President-elect unfounded and noted that the commission is ahead of its target completion date.

The Constitution of Ukraine maintains that the president has the right to dissolve parliament and call early elections. According to Art. 90 of the law, in that case he cannot do so less than six months before the expiration of the term of office of the Verkhovna Rada. The next election for the people's deputies of the Verkhovna Rada must take place on October 27, 2019.

  Zelensky, Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine