Eight more deputies to leave Tymoshenko

15:50, 14 September 2006
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MPs-businessmen have their reasons to quit

Eight national deputies from Yuliya Tymoshenko Bloc (BYuT) are going to withdraw from the faction and join the anti-crisis coalition, Kommersant-Ukrayina periodical reports, according to Ukrayinska Pravda.

      MPs are not going to hand in individual applications any more, as they decided to make common cause. As soon as the coalition is announced, those defectors will hand in a group application.

      An anonymous source in BYuT reveals that nearly 20 deputies are ready to switch sides. “These are the deputies who did not sign an agreement on the formation of the inter-factional alliance,” the source says.

      Political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko considers that MPs-businessmen have their reasons to quit BYuT faction: “National deputies who bore influence neither in Batkivshchyna party nor in BYuT, who bought their parliamentary mandates and wanted to compensate their expenses, would leave Tymoshenko Bloc.”

      But the source in BYuT says that the party split is instigated by ‘unconstructive position of its leaders’ for they only advance slogans and do not act.

      The source supposes that Party of Regions hooked lawbreakers who are afraid to be disclosed.

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