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Mar 10, 2010, 11:11 am

Serhiy Mishchenko: parliament showed the public how to break laws

_dsc0623.jpgPeople’s Deputy Serhiy Mishchenko (BYuT) believes that by adopting a law that changes the way a parliamentary coalition is formed, the Verkhovna Rada has shown the average person a bad example of how to violate the country’s laws and Constitution.

"The deputies, who are government officials of the highest category, gave their citizens a signal. If we can violate laws and the Constitution, then what about the average Ukrainian who’s committed an administrative offense," Serhiy Mishchenko said earlier on Channel 5.

The parliamentarian believes that with such unconstitutional principles behind legislation it is impossible to speak about the rule of law. "The logic is as follows. We can’t talk about the rule of law or battling corruption if we don’t start with ourselves. We can’t demand that our citizens respect laws if we continue to violate the them and the Constitution."

On March 9, the Verkhovna Rada, with 235 votes, adopted a law the changes parliamentary procedures and allows a coalition to be formed by individual deputies and not just factions.

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