The Verkhovna Rada of the seventh convocation started its work on December 12 at 10 a.m.. Head of the preparatory deputy group Volodymyr Lytvyn opened the solemn session.

Guests of the opening ceremony included newly elected MPs, acting Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, acting members of the Cabinet, NBU head Serhiy Arbuzov, Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka, representatives of the Central Election Commission, the Constitutional Court, the diplomats.

The oldest MP of the 7th convocation Yuhim Zvyahilsky, 79, read out the text of the oath of a people's deputy, after which the elected MPs signed their copies of the text and received ID cards and voting cards.

Following the procedure, ForUm has asked deputies and politicians about the principle of work of the new parliament:

Oleksandr Yefremov, MP, leader of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction:

- Following the evolution of any thinking creature, every next generation is better than the previous one. I hope that the parliament of seventh convocation will be superior to its predecessor.

Henrik Litvin, Polish ambassador to Ukraine:

- Expectations concern internal affairs. We will merely observe the work of the new parliament and its policy. Depending on this policy, we will hold the dialogue and cooperation.

Dmytro Tabachnyk, MP from the party of Regions, acting education minister:

- With every election the mass media and certain analysts always publish pessimistic forecasts. But in fact, only one parliament terminated its powers early.

I believe this Verkhovna Rada will bring something positive in the lawmaking process and will be more constructive than the previous one.

I also want to point out one certain trend: the population elects MPs basing on emotions, not common sense. And if we look at the ratings, MPs and parties start with 30-50% of population support and then go down to 8-12%. Nevertheless, the country keeps developing and life continues. Impartially speaking, every parliament has its positive moments of activity.

Vitaly Klichko, MP, leader of UDAR party:

- I have not studied the composition of the parliament yet, thus I cannot give you comments. When we see the parliament working then we will be able to estimate and forecast.

Oleh Tyagnybok, MP, leader of "Freedom" All Ukrainian Union:

-I don't know what kind of parliament it will be, but I can tell you that if it does not work properly we will initiate constitutional changes or dissolution of the parliament.

For me, the perfect parliament is a parliament working according to the law.

Viktor Yanukovych-junior, MP from the Party of Regions:

- I would like the new parliament to do real work, more necessary laws and less populism. As for the new composition, the time will show.

Oleksandr Holub, MP from the Communist Party:

- I believe that the parliament of the seventh convocation does not differ much from the previous one. The majority of MPs still represent business circles. Though we see new faces, this is the same parliament at heart, and it has all chances to work till the end of its term.

Viktor Pinzenyk, MP from UDAR party:

- The composition of the parliament has freshened, and it is good we have many new faces. I have a feeling that new deputies have different principles and ideas than the classic deputies, which in fact work to solve their personal problems. I believe the new team cares about the problems of the society. As any other person, I lay hopes on the new parliament.   
Leonid Kravchuk, the first President of Ukraine (1991-94):

- Ukraine has seen everything: famines, repressions, crises. We have finally reached the point X, when there is understanding that the things cannot go the same way any further. The previous parliament sank to such lows that now it cannot be worse. I really hope that the seventh parliament understands its responsibility and will work better. I truly hope for this.

Nestor Shufrich, MP from the Party of Regions:

- There has not been similar parliament in our history. The Verkhovna Rada will be divided in two camps, and there won't be a common idea about further policy of Ukraine. I hope that under such healthy competition, many questions will be solved and the living standards in the country will increase.  

On one hand, there are many idealists in this parliament, who care about their political ideals only. On the other hand, I hope sound realism will win.


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