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Propresidential faction head: Coalition still exists de jure

The majority remains in place until all signatures are recalled from the coalition agreement.

The leader of the propresidential Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Yuriy Lutsenko, has said that the coalition continues to exist de jure despite the decision of Fatherland and Self-Help to leave it.

"The coalition exists until the signatures of the majority of MPs are recalled from the coalition agreement. Only once the factions' statements are read out and these signatures are recalled will this coalition cease its existence in the juridical sense," he told journalists in parliament.

According to Lutsenko, the coalition de jure still include non-affiliated MPs, including MP Hanna Hapko.

"I will tell you more: Lyashko did not recall his signatures, that is why I'm mentioning him. He said that he left but he did not recall [the signatures]," he said.

He added that the coalition was not planning to change its agreement, despite Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's proposals.

"The prime minister needs to recognize that it is the government, not parliament that is the problem, because when statements about inaction, abuse and corruption in the executive are made from the rostrum, this means the executive needs to change," he said.

Yuliya Tymoshenko's Fatherland left the coalition on 17 February and Self-Help followed its suit a day later.

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