Ukrainian opposition ends blockade of parliament's podium
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||22 February 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Ukrainian opposition ends blockade of parliament's podium, 22 February 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/513dd1bdc.html [accessed 9 December 2013]|
|Disclaimer||This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.|
February 22, 2013
Ukrainian opposition politicians have occupied the parliament's podium for more than two weeks.
Ukraine's unicameral parliament has resumed work after opposition factions agreed to stop blocking the chamber's podium.
Deputies with the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms (UDAR) led by professional heavyweight boxer Vitali Klitschko and members of Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) and Svoboda (Liberty) parties had occupied the podium for more than two weeks.
They had demanded that all deputies be physically present for voting.
They wanted other deputies to stop the practice of casting votes for those who are absent.
The opposition lawmakers said on February 22 that a compromise with the ruling Party of Regions had been reached and they decided to end their protest.
At its session on the same day, the parliament introduced a new clause in its work regulations, requesting the physical presence of lawmakers during voting.
Based on reporting by UNIAN and ITAR-TASS