MPs register draft law to recognize Russian parliamentary elections illegitimate
13:20, 19 September 2016

MPs register draft law to recognize Russian parliamentary elections illegitimate

Ukrainian lawmakers from People’s Front party protest against the fact that the elections were held in the occupied Crimea

13:20, 19 September 2016

Foreign policy

‘People’s Front’ party parliamentary faction registered the draft bill on non-recognition of the Russian parliamentary election, which was also held in the occupied Crimea. The document is uploaded at the Ukrainian parliament’s website.

Head of the party, former Premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk also urged the Parliament to turn to the UN Assembly, OSCE and other international organizations – so that the international community not only condemns these elections, but also sides with Ukraine in its evaluation of this illegitimately elected authority, which is ‘formed by the Kremlin in breach of all norms of the international law’.

The politician also expressed confidence that President Poroshenko who is now at the session of UN General Assembly in New York would also turn to the Western leaders and UN members with respective statement.    

‘We ask all parties’ factions to support this document’, Yatsenyuk said.

The bill may be voted for already tomorrow if approved by respective parliamentary committees.

Russia’s Central Election Committee already processed about 92 percent of bills; pro-Putin ‘Edinaya Rossiya’ party leads the way with 54.16 percent of votes, while the Communists and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia come second and third (13.51 and 13,29 percent of votes, respectively). The ‘Just Russia’ party is the fourth and the last political force entering the Russian parliament (6.19 percent of votes).

The EU previously stated they wouldn’t recognize elections in the Russian parliament, if they include the area of the illegally annexed Crimea.  

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