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The Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has dismissed Dmytro Razumkov as Chairman of the Parliament. Some fear, that it is a move to centralise power for the President.

Since 2019, Dmytro Razumkov has been the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada. But those days are over now, as the parliament has voted 284 in favor of dismissing him from this post, as reported by several Ukrainian outlets including Interfax-Ukraine. This has been in the works for about a week, as head of the Servant of the People faction David Arakhamia sent a letter requesting the dismissal on September 30.

Before becoming the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Razumkov was one of the driving forces behind the Servant of the People party that was created around Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his presidential election campaign.

On October 2, 150 signatures was collected by Members of Parliament from Servant of the People, which is what they needed to start the process of removing Razumkov from his post.

Centralising power

Yesterday, Ukraine Nu wrote how the move to dismiss Razumkov will also give the presidential office more power, according to some experts, all though it is not certain whether or not that was a part of the reason for his dismissal.

Vadym Karasiov, director of the Institute for Global Strategies, told Interfax-Ukraine that this would mean more power to the president:

“If the president wins this duel and Razumkov and the political forces that are grouping around him lose, this will mean strengthening presidential power, strengthening the presidential vertical with all the consequences.”

Director of the sociological service Ukrainian Barometer Viktor Nebozhenko went even further in his criticism:

“The President, in his desire to concentrate power, does not understand what political and personal threats these powers bear for him, and, on the other hand, does not understand that he is making the Ukrainian state machine corrupt,” the director of the sociological service Ukrainian Barometer concluded.