Tymoshenko: we have no right keeping weak people on our team

12:05, 02 February 2011
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On March 27 of this year...

On March 27 of this year, the people were supposed to go to the poles and elect a new Verkhovna Rada. But with today’s amendments to the Constitution, the pro-government majority in the Verkhovna Rada, on instructions from Yanukovych, prolonged its authority for another year and a half, thus staying in power illegally, according to the Official website of Yulia Tymoshenko.

Our faction decided to vote against such changes to the Constitution because we believe elections should take place as stipulated in the Constitution – this March. This would have given us the opportunity to save our country from the occupiers, from the people that today are humiliating Ukraine and every one of its citizens.

But despite our faction’s decision, several of our deputies voted along with the pro-government majority because over the past several weeks, Yanukovych, Azarov, Kluyev and the prosecutor’s office have been threatening to open criminal cases against them and their families, against their sons, brothers, husbands, wives and parents, and some deputies couldn’t handle the pressure and political repression.

You can’t condemn people for not being able to accomplish great feats, but we also have no right to keep weak people on our team, and so our faction has expelled these deputies and has become stronger as a result.

We are steadfast in our struggle against the occupying government and the mafia. As Lina Kostenko said, you can’t start when you`re on your knees. We’re not on our knees – we’re fighting and we are with you.

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