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Speaker: no early elections for this parliament

This Rada has great potential to work, the speaker assures.

Speaker: no early elections for this parliament
Photo: Photo: Max Trebukhov

Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy excludes the possibility of early elections and says this parliament has great potential for use. "I want to reassure all the sceptics: there won't be any early elections. This parliament will work effectively," Parubiy stated during an 18 July press conference dedicated to the wrap up of the parliamentary session.

He declined to answer a question regarding the legality of the ruling parliamentary coalition, whose full list of names remains unavailable. This is not my responsibility, Parubiy said.

"The coalition is formed by deputy factions to elect a government and [parliament] leadership. The Verkhovna Rada Speaker is an unaligned figure. In principle, I do not even have the authority to collect any name lists, neither of the coalition nor the opposition. My task is to secure smooth work of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. I tell you, responsibly and honestly, the Verkhovna Rada is working, and this is the key job that I have to do," Parubiy said.

The Verkhovna Rada on Friday went on recess until 6 September. Parubiy has said people's deputies adopted 450 bills during the fourth session.