“The events in Mykolayiv are the illustration of what will happen to the mayors who will not agree to rig the presidential election in 2019” – Sienkevych

Today, Oleksandr Sienkevych – the suspended mayor of Mykolayiv – will speak during the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Construction and Local Government. He will appeal to the parliament with a request to dissolve the city council and appoint new elections of the mayor and deputies.

“At the city’s assembly, in the rain, three thousand Mykolayiv residents declared they were against the fact somebody had made decisions for them.” Today I brought 15,000 signatures of Mykolayiv people – we collected them in a week. “The deputies of the Mykolayiv city council have no right to continue working in the council, the latter has lost its legitimacy.

But what is going on in Mykolayiv is not a problem of one city or the south of the country. This is a disgrace of local self-government – when representatives of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, the Opposition Bloc, and Nash Kray unanimously vote for the dismissal of the mayor who did not agree to a unilateral cooperation with the regional state administration.

It’s been a little more than a month since I was removed from office on October 5. But the Mykolayiv city council has already turned into a department of the regional state administration, which follows every order of the Presidential Administration. And this example is a bright illustration of what will happen to the heads of cities who will not agree to rig the presidential elections in 2019,” says Oleksandr Sienkevych.

The leader of the Samopomich faction Oleh Bereziuk believes that a revanchist attack on democracy is taking place in Ukraine, in particular with regard to local self-government. In addition to economic tools of bullying the budgetary decentralization that are laid in the draft budget, a moral and political offensive is taking place against those who through their work defend local self-government, which means a qualitative state.

“During the year we have been observing a saga of humiliation of the local self-government in Lviv. But Lviv stood its ground. Now the struggle has shifted to Mykolayiv, where the oligarchic clique, violating all norms and rules, dismissed the mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych.

There is no former mayor of Mykolayiv – there is mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych, who was illegally removed from office and is now defending not only his own honor and dignity, but also the ones of the society that elected him for his post,” Oleh Bereziuk notes.

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