'Servant of the People' leadership rallies MPs amid faction woes

Verkhovna Rada
Verkhovna Rada

In an effort to prevent fragmentation within the "Servant of the People" faction, leadership convened meetings with its MPs throughout March, Ukrayinska Pravda reported on April 4.

The objective was to bolster unity and streamline the faction's operational core, although the success of these gatherings remains uncertain

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The faction's leaders, including head David Arakhamia, Vice Speaker Oleksandr Kornienko, and First Deputy Head Andriy Motovylovets, orchestrated discussions with various subgroup members, focusing even on those MPs who infrequently participate in Rada sessions.

A key topic was the necessity to forge a new consensus on the faction's future operational strategies and cohesion. A deputy shared the sentiment that while appointments and foreign trips are significant, the essential outcome sought from these meetings was a collective acknowledgment of the challenges ahead. The deputy highlighted a general sense of apprehension among MPs when faced with the prospect of maintaining the current operational tempo for an additional one to two years.

The financial strains and dwindling motivation are palpable, with one source pointing out that many MPs who joined to serve the country are now financially depleted. Furthermore, the absence of lucrative opportunities within Rada, coupled with external criticism and internal pressures, has dampened morale.

Following these introspective sessions, insiders suggested that open dialogue had underscored the necessity of internal consensus to avert the faction's disintegration.

Some MPs described the meetings as cathartic, occasionally confrontational, but ultimately providing a sense of relief. By the end of 2023, the faction's core comprised 170-180 dedicated MPs. However, by March 2024, this number had decreased to 150, prompting leadership to explore strategies to maintain the faction's integrity and functionality.

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