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Analyst: Martyniuk or majority representative could take up post of parliament speaker

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July 12, 2012, 7:44 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

First Deputy Parliament Speaker and Communist Party MP Adam Martyniuk
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First Deputy Parliament Speaker and Communist Party MP Adam Martyniuk or a representative of the majority could take up the post of Verkhovna Rada chairman, Director of the Kyiv-based Center for Political and Conflict Studies Mykhailo Pohrebynsky has said.

"This decision of the Constitutional Court leaves no alternatives. These 300 votes [are not required by] the constitution," he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday, while commenting on the Constitutional Court’s decision on the procedure for electing parliament speaker.

Pohrebynsky also added that "if [Parliament Speaker Volodymyr] Lytvyn is dismissed, it will be very good. I think it will be a proper and fair decision. He believes that the parliament takes decisions by a majority, but he just delivers ultimatums – whether he will sign something or not... I think that it's time to dismiss him."

"It was an absolutely clear decision. Take, for example, the article of the constitution, which says how the speaker is elected. Where does it contain a provision about 300 votes so as to create difficulties or reassure a person that he will not be dismissed earlier than scheduled?" said the analyst.

He also predicts a representative of the pro-governmental majority could be the next speaker.

"Of course, it would be natural that it will be a representative of the Regions Party, but, in principle, Martyniuk can also take up this post," he said.

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Joseph Korpsak July 12, 2012, 8:39 p.m.    

Recommend that Yulia Tymoshenko be made the next Speaker for the Ukraine Parliament ;-)))))))))))))))))))))))

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Ukrtoday Ukraine July 13, 2012, 12:34 a.m.    

I agree. Lytvyn has a highly inflated sense of self importance. The speaker is supposed to represent the parliament, he has no authority or right of veto. If he is unable or unwilling to fullfill the role of speaker than he has no alternative but to resign or be replaced. If need be the parliament should be recalled.

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Roman Dawydiak July 14, 2012, midnight    

Pohrebynsky is just shovelling the same manure as the Party of Regions. While it is true that neither the Speaker of the VR nor the President should hold up legislation without just cause the current situation speaks for itself. The POR through their actions was directly involved in clearly violating the decorum of the Verkhovna Rada and as such should be held responsible for the current stalemate. Second, their proposed legislation was in direct violation of the Constitution of Ukraine. Third, the Constitutional Court had no business in dictating any decision concerning the rules of decorum within the Verkhovna Rada. All that this amounts to is trying to turn Ukraine into a "legal" autocracy.

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