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Opposition divided over judiciary reform bill

MP Novinsky set to create a separate opposition platform within the Opposition Bloc faction.

Opposition divided over judiciary reform bill
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Verkhovna Rada deputy Vadym Novinsky on Tuesday announced plans to create a separate opposition platform within the Opposition Bloc faction.

He said this after the vote on the bill introducing amendments three judicial codes. The parliament passed the bill by 234 votes, 20 of which were given by the Opposition Bloc.

Novinsky was infuriated by the position of the faction.

"Part of our faction voted for this bill, which allows the president to control the judiciary. I categorically disagree. I will demand the convocation of the executive committee of our party and a congress so that both the executive committee and the congress assess what happened in this room," said Novinsky.

"I disagree with the actions of some lawmakers from the opposition bloc faction and the leadership of our faction and do declare that we, the like-minded colleagues who did not vote for or voted against this judicial reform, will create an opposition platform within the opposition block," he said.

At the same time, Novinsky denied a split in the faction.

The bill No 6232 was the largest in the history of the Verkhovna Rada. It has been considered since 7 September.