Servant of the People leader vows punishment to faction members for breaching rules
Leader of the Servant of the People Party, Dmytro Razumkov, says his political force intends to monitor the discipline of its faction members in the newly elected Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament.
"Of course, our deputies represent the Ukrainian people, and there are no saints. But it's the disciplinary measures that are the first thing we will start with, laying them down legally. If someone doesn't show up to work, they get fired. Why should it be different with regard to deputies? It was the Servant of the People Party that nominated them, and we are bearing responsibility for them, including the reputational one," he told the news outlet Novoye Vremya on Aug 15, after being asked what the party intends to do if 5%-10% of its faction's MPs turn out to be "unprepared for legislative work."
At the same time, Razumkov called for evaluating lawmakers for their actual deeds and actions. "I can promise that we'll make sure there are no untouchables in parliament," he said.
The official added that his political force intends to use its mono-majority in the Rada to pass in the first weeks of its work a package of bills tightening legislative discipline, including the draft law on lifting parliamentary immunity.
Razumkov called the move another way to break corruption chains holding down the parliament.
As UNIAN reported, Presidential Envoy to Parliament, member of the Servant of the People Party Ruslan Stefanchuk announced the party's intention to involve regular citizens in drafting bills.