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Ukraine's parliament to look into political settlement

January 24, 2014, 16:53 UTC+3 KIEV
The parliament's speaker said a state of emergency would not be discussed at the session
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Verkhovna Rada Speaker Vladimir Rybak

Verkhovna Rada Speaker Vladimir Rybak

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KIEV, January 24. /ITAR-TASS/. At an extraordinary session on January 28, the Ukrainian parliament will look into the situation in the country and ways to settle the political crisis peacefully, the press service of the Ukrainian parliament quoted Speaker Vladimir Rybak as saying.

The speaker said a state of emergency would not be discussed at the session. No documents on the declaration of a state of emergency “have been considered anywhere, they are not being readied, and the issue will not be considered at the extraordinary session,” he said.

Focusing on opposition demands to dismiss the government, Rybak said the issue should be considered by a conciliation board “in line with the law”, and this could be done only starting from February 4.

As for opposition demands for an early election of the president, the parliament and local self-governments, Rybak said it necessitated amendments to the election legislation.

According to the speaker, the laws approved on January 16 have come into effect. “If deputies have comments as to their contents, they must prepare amendments to any of them, and the parliament will consider them. There is no other legal way at the present day,” he said.

The laws aimed to curb public protests have fuelled tensions in the country following mass riots over the government’s backtrack on the EU association deal.

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