Parliament, government "obviously" to work until parliamentary elections: PM Groysman
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman says it is obvious that the Verkhovna Rada and the government will keep working until the parliamentary elections.
Speaking during a Q&A session in parliament on Friday, May 17, Groysman called on MPs together with the government and the newly elected president "to determine the agenda that unites us today."
According to him, it is necessary to unite around the changes to the electoral system.
The prime minister stressed the changes should be the ones the state needs, and that "in my opinion, it doesn't matter whether someone stays at these desks or not."
"Political life does not begin or end with the Ukrainian parliament," Groysman said.
At the same time, he added that "political life begins when we have an idea, we believe in it, and fight for it."
"Therefore, it is time to unite and finally decide that the electoral system should be changed," the prime minister said.
He noted there should be competition in the country's political arena.
Speaking of parliamentary immunity, Groysman noted that, as a prime minister, he has no immunity, adding "... believe me, life is no different" from when he was an MP and then chairman of the Verkhovna Rada.
"I believe that immunity for Ukrainian MPs and other officials eats them from the inside. It allows them to expand the scopes and violate the law, for which they will one day be held liable anyway," the prime minister said.
Groysman urged lawmakers to decide on the abolition of parliamentary immunity.