The government should listen to the opposition’s point of view in order to consolidate society and implement needed reforms, believes leader of the People’s Self-Defense civic movement Yuriy Lutsenko.

"We need to learn to listen to one another. I know that I don’t always express myself very tactfully, but nonetheless, does anyone listen to me? Those in power and opposition must learn to listen to one another, and not just listen but also take into account other points of view," said Yuriy Lutsenko, according to Tymoshenko's official website.

In his opinion, those in power must be aware that it is unacceptable to appoint hateful figures to top government posts. "The opposition may be the minority, but they must take into account that if they want to unite the country around reforms, they can’t appoint people that infuriate society so much. Listen to us when we say that you can’t appoint a person who gave out live ammunition to be used against the people standing on the Maidan [in 2004] if you want to cooperate them. Listen to us when we say that you can’t appoint everyone from one and the same region only because that is what is written in their passport," he said.

"I believe that Tabachnyk is an unacceptable minister, and many people believe this too. If we need reforms, and we’ve needed them for a long time, then we must unite the political forces. This can only happen if we respect criticism as well. Otherwise, you won’t have the opposition’s votes for important laws because you did not respect them this entire time," Yuriy Lutsenko noted.

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