Poroshenko Losing Allies as Ukraine's Radical Party Leaves Ruling Coalition

© Sputnik / Nikolay Lazarenko / Go to the mediabankUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a march on Independence Day in Kiev
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a march on Independence Day in Kiev - Sputnik International
Ukraine's Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko announced Tuesday that it would withdraw from the country's ruling coalition.

Injured police officers scream in pain as they fall, shortly after an explosion outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, August 31, 2015 - Sputnik International
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KIEV (Sputnik) — The announcement comes after the party strongly opposed the draft law on decentralization proposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

On Monday, clashes took place outside the Ukraine's parliament building leaving two law enforcers dead and at least 130 injured.

"We do not see the possibility of staying in the coalition… I announce our decision to leave the coalition," party leader Lyashko told reporters. He added that the party would be in opposition to the current president and government.

"Leaving the coalition is the Radical Party's joint decision, reached unanimously. Everyone agreed with this decision, and, as a result, the Radical Party cannot be represented in the government. This means for me personally that I resign," he said.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and member of the Radical Party Valeriy Voschevsky announced his resignation shortly after.

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