REGIONNAIRES FAN FRESH FLAMES - NEW LAW WILL NOT ARREST ANGER ON THE STREETS

29.01.14




AUGB. After two days of talks the ruling Party of the Regions rejected the opposition's calls for the adoption of an unconditional amnesty bill and instead voted in a controversial conditional amnesty law.

The move is likely to reignite tensions.

232 out of 416 registered Deputies took just three minutes to vote in favour of the new law which will allow detained protesters to be released only after all administrative buildings occupied by the protesters have been vacated.  If this does not happen, the law will expire in 15 days time.

Speaking after the the Parliamentiary session's closure, the leader of the "Bat'kivshchyna" Party, Arseniy Yatseniuk, said that the opposition remains unaware of the text of the adopted new law while "Svoboda" Leader Oleh Tiahnybok announced: "our struggle should continue - the demands of the Maidan have not been met".

Meanwhile one angry Regionnaire stormed out immediately after the parliamentary session closed and said that it would be right for parliament to be disolved if the ruling party and opposition cannot agree on such a crucial issue.  Pressed further by journalists who pointed out that the adopted law had the support of the President, Tihipko added: "It is precisely for this reason that I believe that Parliament should be dissolved".

There are reports that the President attended a meeting of the Regionnaire parliamentarians earlier in the day to put pressure on those unconvinced about adopting the conditional law.


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