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MPs refused to deprive themselves of summer break

The parliament will last time gather in plenary mode on Friday.

The Verkhovna Rada voted against not closing the current session and gathering, if necessary, in plenary meetings until 5 September. Speaker Andriy Parubiy put the motion to vote three times but scored only 215, 210 and 215 votes at the required minimum of 226.

The results of the last vote for the extension of the session

Photo: broadcast freeze-frame

14 July should be the last day of the work of the Verkhovna Rada at the current session in the plenary mode after which the deputies will go on vacation until September 5. Parubiy said the session needs to be extended to adopt a number of important laws, including pension and medical reforms and suggested not to close the session to be entitled to summon MPs to meetings during this period on a three-day notice.

The next, seventh, session of the parliament will begin in early September.

Nevertheless, the Rada regulations provide for the possibility of convening an extraordinary session.