MPs Yehor Soboliev and Semen Semenchenko, who were elected to the Verkhovna Rada in 2014 according to the lists of the Samopomich Union, announced their intention to leave the party.
Yehor Soboliev has already signed the corresponding statement (see the photo below), and MP Semenchenko announced his intention to do so soon. The deputies reported this to their colleagues during the meeting of the Samopomich faction.
At the same time, both MPs will remain members of the Samopomich Union faction in the Verkhovna Rada. Yehor Soboliev says that Samopomich deputies were elected to the parliament from different environments and did not sell out, but took an active part in creating laws to counter corruption, in recognizing Russia as the occupier, strengthening local self-government and spreading Ukrainian culture. “We have a duty to stand our ground until the completion of the powers delegated to us by people,” said Yehor Soboliev.
Earlier, the party’s leader, Andriy Sadovyi, announced the possibility of some deputies’ leaving the faction.
“The parliament is living out its last months, and politicians are deciding on “their future and potential new companions. No matter what those who decide to leave Samopomich will do in the future and whatever their motives are, I want to thank them for their work. They did not sell out, did not betray their voters or their principles; they did their best, even though they were in a significant minority,” wrote Andriy Sadovyi in a post on Facebook.
The party leader has also stated that Samopomich is going to undergo a complicated internal reorganization. “We are going to form a new composition of candidates for the next parliamentary elections on the basis of an “open lists” principle. Those who consider this activity really vital will go along with us,” said Andriy Sadovyi in his post.