Despite a number of optimistic declarations of the past two days that the pro-presidential majority and the opposition are close to achieving a compromise on personal voting, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, remains gridlocked, and prospect of truce as far as ever.
The idle parliamentarians who arrived en masse to their workplace on February 20 2013 wandered around corridors and chatted.
The blockade of parliament, initiated by the opposition to demand personal voting by all deputies, has been dragging on for 15 days, or from the day the parliament was scheduled to convene for a session.
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(Photo of the Verkhovna Rada: DDima)