Klitschko: I’m coming openly and honestly, I have nothing to hide
The mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko in videokommentar “Ukrainian Pravda” reported on 12 September that he intends to run for a second term.
“I will participate in local elections. I started a lot of projects. I pledged to the people of Kiev and I want these projects to bring to the end,” he said.
Klitschko again noted that “one of the Ukrainian channels” against him being a “dirty campaign” as “the representative of this channel wants to be mayor” of the capital.
“If they want early elections – please. I’m going to honestly, openly, I have nothing to hide, I will present the concept of development, will continue the changes… I will fight for decentralization, self-government and real changes,” he added.
On 4 September the Prime Minister of Ukraine Alexey Goncharuk said that the Cabinet agreed on the dismissal of the head of the KSCA Vitali Klitschko.
The mayor described the situation as “destruction decentralization”.
September 10 edition LB.ua wrote with reference to sources in “the Servant of the people” that the force is preparing a draft law, which provides for the holding of early local elections in Kyiv on 8 December 2019.
Today Klitschko made a statement about consultations with the leadership of parliamentary factions and groups of the Kyiv city Council regarding the early termination of powers of the Board of the VIII convocation before the plenary meeting of the city Council. However, the meeting failed to gather a quorum.
The city Council said it will hold consultations with Klitschko on September 17.
Elections of the mayor of the Ukrainian capital was to be held in 2020.
According to the law on local elections, extraordinary elections are appointed by the Verkhovna Rada in case of early termination of powers, in particular, the city Council, mayor, and in other cases stipulated by laws of Ukraine “About local government in Ukraine”, “On voluntary unification of territorial communities”. This decision was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada not later than in 90 days from the date of early termination of powers of the relevant local Council and mayor.