MPs Skorokhod, Polyakov excluded from Servant of People's faction

Source : 112 Ukraine

The party claims the lawmakers violated the agreement to vote along with the rest of their fellow MPs; both parliamentarians said they faced political pressure for their dissidence
11:48, 15 November 2019

MPs Skorokhod and Polyakov

Ukrainian lawmakers Anna Skorokhod and Anton Polyakov have been excluded from Servant of the People parliamentary faction. The MPs themselves confirmed this information by talking to the press on Friday. 

The party claims the lawmakers violated the agreement to vote along with the rest of their fellow MPs.

"It is a breach of the agreement on voting, on the teamwork in terms of the issues, on which the entire faction agrees", - this was the explanation of Oleksandr Kornienko, the head of the party and the deputy chairman of the party's parliamentary faction. 

According to him, the MPs showed a personal position in controversial issues. "I had dialogues and conversations with him (Polaykov, - 112 International) on very sensitive draft laws. They concern [the opening of the] land [market], the small businesses (...). That is, he had his own stance towards these sensible laws, and it differed from that of the faction. So, it's not about some disciplinary moments, and if a person regularly disagrees with the faction's view, why would we carry on together?", Kornienko said.

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Polyakov called this decision a political execution. "They just explained it this way. You can enter the Verkhovna Rada website, and check my attendance [during parliament sessions] There's a Chesno movement, these people check the attendance, absence, votings - they have it all. And I'm not the first one on that list. So, it's just a political execution (...) Well then, thanks for that", Polyakov said. 

Anna Skorokhod also commented about the decision. "Me and Anton were really excluded from the faction. I think it's a positive moment, because we now can say what we think without any persecutions, and actually vote for the program of the President, not for those lobbyist laws that they push towards us as the President's laws. We never stood against President - on the contrary, we always supported him, and we will carry on", Skorokhod said.  

As is known, Skorokhod's exclusion was actively discussed in and beyond the Parliament. She herself said that her husband was detained in Ukraine because of her own political stance in terms of voting for the land market and gas transporting system in Ukraine.

Anton Polyakov earlier told the reporters that Chief of the Presidential Office Andriy Bohdan summoned him to his office, demanding to explain why the MP refused to vote for certain draft laws.

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