Member of Parliament of Ukraine Andrey Derkach has addressed the Speaker of Parliament Vladimir Groysman with a written statement on his exit from the Parliamentary Group “Will of the People”.
The text of the MP’s statement available to the Agency “Interfax-Ukraine” reads as follows: “Realizing my responsibility before the people of Ukraine and my voters, considering my inability to participate in a course of action connected to political “cahoots” with the current authority, which has led Ukrainian people to impoverishment and continues its looting while the Eastern Ukraine is still at war, all while profiteering from the patriotic spirits of the populace, – in accordance with part 3, Article 60 of the Act on the Regulations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, I hereby inform of my exit from the membership of the Parliamentary Group “Will of the People”.
In his statement, A. Derkach explained that he has made a decision to leave the Parliamentary Group because he deems it unacceptable to be an accessory to the actions related to violation of the constitutional rights of the citizens of Ukraine by means of approving the 2016 budget and a Tax Code, “which would eliminate the entire branches of business and agriculture in exchange for positions and preferences; the participation in corruption schemes of the current authority, which abuses the Europe-oriented taglines all while robbing the state”.
As reported earlier, “Will of the People” previously had three co-chairmen: Igor Yeremeev, Andrey Derkach and Yaroslav Moskalenko. However, I. Yeremeev passed away on August 12, 2015, in one of the hospitals in Switzerland, after having suffered a fatal fall from a horse a few days earlier. On September 2, 2015, one of the group’s members, MP Vladimir Litvin announced that Y. Moskalenko was to become the leader of “Will of the People”.
At the same time, on Novemer 13, 2015, the Interfactional Parliamentary Association “For the Protection of Violated Rights of Citizens and Against Political Repression “Forbidden to Forbid” was established in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. A. Derkach was elected as its chairman. The Association included 47 Members of Parliament.
The goal of the Interfactional Parliamentary Association is to detect, examine and prevent the cases of violation of the Constitution of Ukraine, the laws of Ukraine and Ukraine’s international obligations. Particularly, this concerns political discrimination, the use of law enforcement for political struggle, the use of administrative and regulatory functions of authority for struggle against the political opponents etc.