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Former president: Ukraine should have changes to Constitution before elections

February 02, 2014, 11:11 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, February 02, (ITAR-TASS). Any changes to the Constitution should comply fully with the country’s legislation, Ukraine’s former President Leonid Kravchuk (1991-1994) said in an interview with the Inter television broadcaster on Saturday night.

Any other variants of making changes are not acceptable, he said.

“We have the constitution, which regulates changes to it. There is no other way, as otherwise it would be not a constitution, but a useless rug to clear boots,” the former president said.

Kravchuk said the constitution assembly, which he headed, had worked on important texts. “We can give those texts, and they may be used for those changes.”

“On the basis of the revised constitution the country could form a parliamentary-presidential state.”

“For that, we should need to have parliamentary elections on the party-proportion basis, to adopt a law on election of the president with new authorities, to outline relations between the state and local authorities, judicial system and prosecutors,” Kravchuk said.

He warned the opposition from “non-constitutional and non-democratic actions” on that way.

“Experiments with the society should be stopped. If the opposition disagrees with the non-democratic actions from the authorities and the constitution court, and it has reasons for that, it should never begin from similar non-democratic actions,” he said.

The Ukrainian opposition’s key demands include changes to the country’s constitution and reiterating the form of a parliamentary-presidential republic. Thus, opposing factions at the parliament insist on the legislation’s special commission on the issue.

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