Not so long ago Ukraine faced early parliamentary elections and the Verkhovna Rada of sixth convocation came to power. But today, it is already a history, as on December 5 it terminated its work and the speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn delivered his closing speech.

Recalling the parliament-IV, Lytyvn said it was a fruit of months-long political crisis, tough confrontations and complicated compromises. The outgoing parliament is contradictions, scandals and low ratings.

"I had to restrain my temper all the time. I've seen and been through everything possible, except for shooting maybe, thus, now I have a right to tell you what I really think. Ukrainian deputies are an interesting species, you would not find in Western parliaments. For some reason they fly over clouds, voters, the people in general and their colleagues. I've never seen people to make such mess in their own house. However, I want to thank my friends for help and support, and my opponents for not shooting in the back. Thank you all for cooperation."

After Lytyvn's speech, there was national anthem, commemorative picture and farewell. Those who won seats in the new parliament said goodbye till Wednesday, and those who did not, promised to come for a visit. Former Members of the Parliament, including Taras Chornovil, Lilia Hryhorovych, Leonid Hrach, Andriy Shkil and many others, must turn over their duties and look for different occupation.

As Taras Chornovil, (MP of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th convocations) told ForUm, resigning is a complicated and long bureaucratic procedure. "There are many nuances. For example, the outgoing deputy must have his exit checklist completed, must return all the property, equipment and office, must turn over all his duties. By the way, according to the law on people's deputies, if an outgoing MP does not find an official job within a year, he will receive deputy's salary all this time."

As for the future, Chornovil said he was not sure he would want to run for the parliament of 8th convocation, but he already knows what to do next.

"I know that I will start writing a thesis on foreign affairs. Secondly, I don't think I can go far from politics and political science. Thus, I will probably legalize my occupation into one-person center of analysis and predictive modeling. I believe I also have to go into some business," Chornovil shared his plans. He also admits he will keep coming to the new parliament for information briefings with journalists. "You now that offenders often return to the scene of the crime," he joked.  

In his turn, member of the Party of Regions Vasyl Horbal (MP of 4th, 5th and 6th convocations) plans to prepare to mayor election in Kyiv and to become an economy expert. "I will be preparing to the mayor campaign and will consult on economic issues as an expert. But I will not found something like an Institute n.a Vasyl Holbal." As for the next parliamentary elections, Horbal noted "we cannot be sure when they will take place taking into account the composition of the newly elected parliament."

Lilia Hryhorovych (MP of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th convocations) also intends to become an expert. She has also decided to terminate the political career and to continue doing science and civic activities. " I am a Candidate of philosophical sciences, the head of the women's public organization "Union of Ukrainian women" and the head of the public and political analysis center "Visia". I've decided to leave politics, as politicians must come back to earth from time to time to keep in touch with the reality," ex-Our Ukraine deputy told ForUm. 

Hryhorovych did not say clearly whether she intends to run for parliament in the future. "I've been working as a doctor for nine years and as a politician for thirteen. My second profession has taken over. However, anything can happen. I rely on the God and Ukrainian people."

In his turn, communist Leonid Hrach (MP of 4th, 5th and 6th convocations) plans to save Marxism-Leninism in Ukraine. "I am full of energy and plans. I am sure in my position as never before. I've never been charmed with deputy mandate, but I happened to be a deputy of various councils starting from 1974. I believe that is enough. However, my task now is to combat trafficking of left ideas, to clean the left movement from pests and opportunism."

"We are working on the formation of a new party - Communist Marxism-Leninism Party of Ukraine. We are getting ready for a fair fight at the local elections, which will take place in two years and a half. We are also preparing for the presidential and parliamentary elections. An endless battle! We only dream of peace," Crimean communist shared his ambitions.

Among the ex-MPs we've asked only Andriy Shkil (MP of the 4th, 5th and 6th convocations) has not decided on his further plans. "Frankly speaking I am still in shock after the recent events and have not made any plans yet. However, it is too early for me to write memoirs. I have been engaged into politics for 23 years, and I don't think I will change the activity. As for where and how, I don't know yet.  The life will show," BYuT deputy said.

As we see, none of the outgoing MPs believes that the end of the term is the end of the world. And there is no surprise in it. After maximum five years, the words will be said again: The parliament is dead. Long live the parliament!

Yulia Artamoshchenko


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