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Ukrainian Communists stand for federation, against presidency

February 13, 2014, 19:12 UTC+3 13
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KIEV, February 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s Communist party has initiated a bill allowing the Ukrainians to have dual citizenship and officially recognize Russian as a second state language. The bill also aims to change the country’s government system to a federation, Ukrainian Communist leader Pyotr Simonenko told a news briefing on Thursday.

“In order to save the integrity of the country’s territory it is necessary to change our current unitary state system to a federation. Moreover, Russian needs to be introduced as a second official language in Ukraine, but only after approval in a referendum”, stressed Simonenko.

The Communist leader also believes that abolishing the institution of presidency would help stabilize the situation in the country.

“At least, the powers of the president should be minimized. We are open tor compromises and can even agree to the presidency in the country, if the power of the head of state is limited to receiving credentials from foreign ambassadors and handing out national awards”, said Simonenko, as he is convinced that the current conflict and bloodshed was caused by the fight for the president’s chair.

Besides, the Communists insist that Ukraine should officially position itself as a neutral state. They believe it will protect the country from being involved in dubious political schemes.

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