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US judge to consult Ukraine’s constitutional commission

May 18, 2015, 14:16 UTC+3 KIEV

Ukrainian-born Bohdan Futey is a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims

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A protester with a US flag in Ukraine (archive)

A protester with a US flag in Ukraine (archive)

© ITAR-TASS/Valery Sharifulin

KIEV, May 18. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has backed a proposal on inviting Ukrainian-born Bohdan Futey, a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims, as a consultant for the country’s newly formed constitutional commission.

The constitutional commission will also consist of Ukraine’s people’s deputies Viktor Volk and Yuri Chizhmar, and also the director of the Koretsky Institute of State and Law of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Yuri Chemchushechko, the presidential decree that has entered into force says.

The first steps on amending the Ukrainian constitution were discussed during the plenary meeting of the constitutional commission on May 15. A working group called for depriving the parliament of the right to appoint and dismiss judges.

The constitutional reform in Ukraine is envisaged by the February 12 package of measures on implementing the Minsk agreements. The key element of the reform is decentralization with due respect of peculiarities of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions agreed with their representatives, and also the adoption of the legislation on the special status of certain Donbas areas.

The decree on establishing the constitutional commission to be tasked with amending the constitution was signed by Poroshenko in late March. The commission comprises 72 members, including 13 experts of international organizations. It also includes the representatives of the parliamentary factions, scientists and experts, as well as three former Ukrainian presidents.

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