“Samopomich” will not vote for amendments to the Constitution which concern decentralization – Bereziuk

The “Samopomich” Union faction will not vote for the draft amendments to the Basic Law in its current edition. This was stated by chairman of the faction, Oleh Bereziuk, commenting on consideration of the draft law in the second reading which is to be held by the end of the current session.

“Our position remains unchanged: what is called decentralization in these amendments to the Constitution is in fact centralization and usurpation of power by the prefects and the presidential administration. Therefore, the “Samopomich” Union faction cannot accept the document in its present form,” said the parliamentarian.

The faction doesn’t support the provisions on the special status of Donbas either. “This is unappealable. These are the occupied territories which carry a military threat to whole Ukraine. They must be temporarily isolated because they are temporarily occupied; isolated in economic, military and most importantly political terms. Because it is unacceptable to hold elections in time of war. In such cases, the winner is the one who has a gun. There will be no democrats where there are uncontrolled terrorists and their henchmen from the enemy country,” the chairman of the faction explained the position.

In its turn, “Samopomich” offers to return to the first reading of the law on decentralization and discuss the changes that would give sweeping powers to the regions and will enable the local authorities to effectively manage them.

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