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Early presidential elections in Ukraine to take place in December 2014

February 22, 2014, 3:08 UTC+3 KIEV

The elections will be announced after a constitutional majority adopts the draft by 300 votes

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KIEV, February 22, 2:54 /ITAR-TASS/. An agreement to end the crisis in Ukraine provides for early presidential elections in December 2014, Andrei Klyuyev, Ukraine’s presidential administration chief said.

“Both the authorities and the opposition should meet more conditions after the 2004 Constitution has been restored and an amnesty law has been passed,” Klyuyev explained. He said that Ukrainian parties should be able to create a coalition at Verkhovnaya Rada (parliament) and appoint a new coalition cabinet of ministers in the next ten days.

“We are going to stick to the protocol. We will hold the first vote on the draft at this session and will send the document to the Constitutional Court. The deputies will vote for the second time at the same session as soon as they get the document back from the Constitutional Court. Both times, the deputies will need 226 votes to adopt the draft. The presidential elections will be announced after a constitutional majority adopts the draft by 300 votes,” Klyuyev stressed.

Ukraine’s presidential administration chief said he considered it to be inappropriate to consider candidates for coalition government posts so far.

“After the recent tragic events in Kiev when people were dying in the streets it would be inappropriate to discuss the distribution of ministerial portfolios. It was urgent to save the country and its people and stop the terrible confrontation. I think that we were on the brink of a civil war. Under no circumstances should we allow the scenario to repeat,” the politician said in conclusion.

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