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Kyiv residents may be deprived of right to elect power in capital – Klitschko

KYIV. Sept 10 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The purpose of the bill on the capital, submitted to the Verkhovna Rada – to deprive the people of Kyiv the right to elect power in the city, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

"A total of 900 amendments were submitted to this bill after the first reading. There are many remarks on it. And let’s not forget that the key goal of this bill is one thing – to remove Klitschko, who does not obey anyone from above. I have repeatedly said that I obey only the people of Kyiv, who elected me and entrusted me to implement changes in our city. And I am convinced that there should be local self-government in Kyiv! Because the question is not in the name. The question is that the people of Kyiv may be deprived of the right to elect the capital authorities," Klitschko said, according to the press service of the mayor.

He noted that the idea of ​​separating the positions of the mayor and the head of the Kyiv city state administration is a violation of the Constitution of Ukraine, and the Constitutional Court has already ruled on this issue.

"This does not suit someone. Therefore, they are doing everything possible to remove Klitschko from governing the city in this Jesuit way – through the Verkhovna Rada," the mayor said.

Klitschko also said that the draft law on the capital should be adopted only after receiving the conclusions and expert assessment of the relevant European institutions.

"I am convinced that this bill, which they are trying to pass, must first receive an expert assessment, in particular, from the Venice Commission, the Council of Europe. Because it must comply with the key principles of democracy and not the desire of any political force," he said.