Ivano-Frankivsk regional council bans Communist and other parties

On April 17, the Ivano-Frankivsk regional council voted to ban the Communist Party, the Opposition Block, the Party of the Regions and the Party of Ukraine “as contrary to the national interest and for violation of the rights and freedoms of citizens of Ukraine”.

The decision was carried  with the vote of 60 out of 113 deputies of the regional council.

In a statement to the media the deputies refer to Article 43 of the law on local self-government in Ukraine, which defines the powers of district and regional councils.

The deputy of the regional council from the faction of “Fatherland” Yuri Romanyuk in comments to local media reports said that the decision “was politically-legal”.

This decision is part of a general onslaught on democratic freedoms. Anyone who opposes the current government is branded an enemy of the state, a separatist and an agent of Russia.

Source: BBC Ukrainian 

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