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Task group for amendments to Constitution fails due to Batkivshchina-UDAR disagreements

February 10, 2014, 18:33 UTC+3 KIEV
Last Thursday, February 6, parliament speaker Vladimir Rybak cancelled the plenary session
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Udar Party leader Vitali Klitschko (L) and Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) chairman Vladimir Rybak at a Verkhovna Rada plenary meeting

Udar Party leader Vitali Klitschko (L) and Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) chairman Vladimir Rybak at a Verkhovna Rada plenary meeting

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KIEV, February 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s parliament task group for amendments to the Constitution has failed due to the disagreements between the Batkivshchina and UDAR factions, the parliament’s press service reported on Monday.

“The session won’t be held due to the disagreements between the two factions. Thus, the working group has no subject for discussion,” the press service said.

Last Thursday, February 6, parliament speaker Vladimir Rybak cancelled the plenary session. He said on Friday that deputies would prepare a law on constitutional changes. The draft law is expected to be debated at the parliament extraordinary session this week, Rybak said.

The opposition insists on returning to the 2004 Constitution, which restricted a president’s powers in favor of a parliament.

 

Vladimir Rybak urges to keep within the law while considering amendments

Amendments to the Constitution should be considered in compliance with the Fundamental Law and the existing legislation, parliament speaker Vladimir Rybak said in an interview with Rada TV Channel on Monday.

“All proposals put forth by the factions and the Constitutional Assembly should be coordinated and submitted to the Verkhovna Rada in accordance with a procedure that the Fundamental Law envisions,” Rybak said.

“The amendments should be made due to the laws and the Constitution where is written what should be done,” the speaker said, adding “I don’t rule out that certain issues must be submitted to a referendum.”

Rybak said he had signed a resolution to create working groups on coordinating a draft law on amendments to the Constitution. “The working group met last Friday. There were many remarks,” he said.

Commenting on the disagreements between the Batkivshchina and UDAR factions, Rybak said, “The Svoboda (Freedom) faction says it supports the Batkivshchina position. But new proposals have not been put forth. The new week has started, but no one works on the Constitution.”

One cannot make discussions on socially important draft laws dependent on the amendments to the Fundamental Law, Rybak said.

“There are 2,100 laws due to be debated by the parliament. But the Verkhovna Rada is turned into a meeting where one can come to demonstrate something and then deal with other problems,” the parliament speaker said.

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