Vitaliy Klychko: We are looking for an alliance with the people

16.09.2012 12:30

Vitaliy Klychko declared at his meeting with residents of Sevastopol, “Only through cooperation with the civil society will we be able to implement the changes the country needs. So we go directly to the people – in order to explain what we are planning and assure them that we are prepared to take responsibility for our actions.”

Klychko commented, “If a person thinks that he has no power to change the country, he never will. One needs to take up the responsibility and fight for his beliefs.” Close to 1,000 people attended the meeting with the Leader of the “UDAR” party in Sevastopol, despite the fact that the local officials directed the removal of all relevant advertisements around the city.

Vitaliy emphasized, “I realize full well that all of you are tired of deception, that you don’t trust politicians. But it’s all of us – you, me, our party – that determine the future of this country. So don’t let anyone else use your vote. It is crucial for everyone to attend these elections.”

Later on during an interview with the “First Sevastopol” TV channel, Klychko declared that the law regarding the special status of Sevastopol needs to be adopted, especially since the city already has the status but lacks the legal confirmation. He noted, “Politicians here always promise to initiate the law during the election season, but then conveniently forget about community rights. This issue with local self-government exists all over the country; local communities have no rights and no influence over the livelihood of cities and towns where they live and work. Kyiv’s self-government has been all but destroyed. The state of things needs a principal change. Therefore, the law regarding local self-government is among the highest-priority draft laws we plan to introduce in the next Parliament.”

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