6 Feb 2020 15:12

Servant of the People faction backs land market bill at Ukrainian Rada

KYIV. Feb 6 (Interfax) - The parliamentary faction of the Ukrainian Servant of the People party, who hold a majority in the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, discussed a land market bill at a session attended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday.

Following the session, Oleksandr Dubinsky, a parliamentarian from Servant of the People, told journalists that most of the faction members supported the bill.

"A majority of the faction voted in support of the bill, but I personally voted against it," Dubinsky said.

Another Servant of the People parliamentarian, Maryana Bezuhla, told Interfax, "We talked about land, analyzed some additional nuances. We'll be working on this bill at the Rada together."

The parliamentary faction of the Opposition Platform - For Life party said it would oppose the passage of the bill On the Circulation of Agricultural Land by the Rada at the second reading as long as it allows the sale of such land.

"We closely monitored the session of the [Agrarian] Committee yesterday. It didn't make a decision on considering [the bill] in the hall [...] we expected that the committee would continue analyzing alterations on Friday, as was scheduled [...] In fact, this is a con game, and we will oppose this today," Nestor Shufrych of Opposition Platform - For Life told journalists on Thursday.

Shufrych said he was frustrated by Servant of the People's position. "We will employ all our [...] resources to hold all conferences. I can't rule out that we could hold a conference right at the presidium table," he said.