According to the Constitution, the president does not have the authority to take part in parliamentary negotiations on the formation of a government coalition, People’ s Deputy Serhiy Vlasenko (BYuT) has said.

"I would like to bring to your attention the fact that we have not elected an emperor or king, or president with Kuchma’s powers. Therefore, legally the presidential elections are in no way connected to the formation of a parliamentary coalition," Serhiy Vlasenko said on Channel 5.

Even the official results announced by the Central Election Commission show that the votes were split almost evenly. "I would note that there are no winners or losers in this election because the voters of Ukraine have split almost in half. Therefore, I don’t think it’s appropriate to say that someone won, or someone lost in this situation. And I wouldn’t directly link the presidential elections with the possible reformatting or forming of a new coalition," he said.

"According to the Constitution, any president, regardless of who will finally become president because this happens only after the oath, doesn’t have the authority to interfere in the formation of a coalition. He only appoints two ministers and that’s it. The president has no power and influence over these negotiations," Serhiy Vlasenko concluded.

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