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Early Rada elections are part of Poroshenko’s plan for holding on to power

00:14 14.02.2018

Head of the Batkivshchyna faction Yulia Tymoshenko has said that early elections to the Verkhovna Rada are likely to be held in the near future so that President Petro Poroshenko can use administrative tools to influence parliamentarian elections before the parliamentary race.

“I can say that early parliamentary elections are likely,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on channel NewsOne, commenting on the chances of snap elections being held in autumn 2018.

According to the politician, Petro Poroshenko intends to use his current power as president to take steps that will allow him to use administrative levers to bring to parliament members of his political party, which would be impossible under different circumstances.

“The president knows that he stands no chance of winning the presidential election. And after the presidential election, it is obvious that his political party will not be represented in parliament, because all the administrative resource, corruption, and everything their deception rests on will disappear,” she said.

The parliamentarian said that this is the reason why the president’s team intends in one way or another to hold early parliamentary elections.

“They want to move the parliamentary elections to before the president election, so that they can use administrative resource, power structures, bribe voters with buckwheat and condensed milk, so that first they can form their representation in the Verkhovna Rada, and then have their own private organ – the Verkhovna Rada – for the presidential election,” the politician explained.

Yulia Tymoshenko added that despite this strategy, the collapse of the current government is inevitable, because it has lost the truth and support of society.

“The end of the old system is near. And they know quite well which political parties and leaders will dig the grave for the old system,” she said.

According to the politician, responsible patriots who will care about national interests and the welfare of their citizens should be entrusted to manage the country.

“Today we must think about the future of Ukraine, about how we will build our country step by step,” the Batkivshchyna faction leader said.