Poroshenko: No snap election, Ukraine won't have better parliament

21:33, 29 February 2016
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that he will not allow a snap parliamentary election at the current stage, as there is neither time nor necessity for that.


"The only thing I would like to emphasize is that I cannot allow early parliamentary elections to date. Despite their declarations, certain political leaders are trying to incite early elections. We have neither time nor necessity for that. We will not have a better parliament and must learn to cooperate with this one," Poroshenko said at a meeting with representatives of the Aspen Institute.

Poroshenko cited former Minister of Foreign Affairs Hennadiy Udovenko who he considers to be his teacher, saying that the key values for a politician should be honesty, professionalism and patriotism. "Unfortunately, some politicians add their ambitions and even personal indignation, which become huge obstacles. A real leader focuses primarily on state interests," he said.

Ukraine needs responsible, patriotic, professional and honest leaders today, he added.

In his words, the implementation of reforms was the most important stage that must be formed by a team of responsible individuals who are able to implement the reforms stipulated in the laws.

The meeting was attended by graduates of the Aspen Institute Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Hennadiy Zubko, Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko, Director of the Aspen Institute Elliot Gerson, Yevhen Utkin, Serhiy Koshman, Anatoliy Klepatskyi and Serhiy Rohol.

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