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Ukrainian MPs to discuss medical reform despite protesters' claims
12:57, 17 October 2017
Ukrainian MPs to discuss medical reform despite protesters' claims

Ukrainian Parliament Chairman Andriy Paruby said he will urge MPs to discuss depriving parliamentary immunity on October 19 and that he is ready to hold consultations as for the election reform

12:57, 17 October 2017

 

The Verkhovna Rada

Members of the parliamentary coordination board didn’t’ agree to change their today’s agenda in order to introduce open election lists on the demand of the protesters. The MPs shall discuss medical reform. The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Paruby reported that during the parliamentary session.

“We had a bit weird voting with the speeches, however the voting gives ground to say that at least three factions, Petro Poroshenko Bloc, National Bloc and the People's Will deputy group, stand for the agenda to stay unchanged, and we start working on medical reform. This is more than 226 votes,” Paruby said.

At the same time the chairman added that the issues, that the protesters demand, may be discussed in the session hall today.

“Therewith I’d like to say, that in case the coordination board discusses the immunity issue on Wednesday, I’ll initiate that and I’ll ask the MPs to discuss that in the session hall after the medical reform discussed. Besides, I am ready to hold separate consultations on factions’ readiness to start discussing election issues,” the parliament chairman said.

At that time, the MPs announced the demands of the protesters outside the building of the parliament. They chanted “Come up to people!” to explain their decision to the people. This impeded the meeting of the coordination board, thus Paruby closed the meeting.

As we reported earlier, protests are being held near Ukrainian Parliament at the moment. Follow the online broadcast here.

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