Verkhovna Rada Speaker of Ukraine Arseniy Yatseniuk claims that the coalition of democratic forces still exists, both formally and legally.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, he claimed this opening a morning plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday.

The Verkhovna Rada Speaker recalled that, in line with article 83 of the Ukrainian Constitution, the coalition is formed with decision of factions, and not basing on decisions of separate lawmakers.

“There is a direct imperative provision, which determines legal approaches to forming the coalition of parliamentary factions”, he said.

Arseniy Yatseniuk stressed that only a faction may make a decision about joining or leaving a coalition. The Verkhovna Rada chairman recalled that the Verkhovna Rada was dissolved in 2007 namely because the majority was formed individually.

He emphasized that the Verkhovna Rada had removed from the VR regulations a provision concerning an individual joining or leaving a coalition of parliamentary factions. The Verkhovna Rada speaker also pointed out that should a faction make decision about joining or leaving a coalition, the President will have a right to announce about dissolving the parliament within 30 days.

“Formally and legally, in line with Article 83 of the Constitution of Ukraine, the coalition of parliamentary factions still exists”, the Speaker pointed out.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on June 6, two lawmakers – Ihor Rybakov (BYuT) and Yuri But (OU-PSD) left the democratic coalition.