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Election to Rada to take place in March 2011 if 2004 political reform canceled

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July 8, 2010, 6:40 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn believes that if the so-called political reform of 2004 is canceled, the parliamentary elections will take place in March of 2011. "If we assume that a proposal to cancel the law No 2222 - the law about the cancelation of the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, is put to a nationwide referendum, which is being predicted not only by the politicians but by officials, I can say straight away that along with other consequences this will entail there will be the elections to the Verkhovna Rada in March of 2011," Lytvyn told reporters in Kyiv on Thursday.

He explained that according to the wording of the 1996 Constitution before the amendments of 2004, the elections to the Verkhovna Rada take place in March of the fourth year of the parliament's term.

"The conclusion is obvious," Lytvyn stressed.
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Anonymous July 8, 2010, 7:06 p.m.    

Does that not depend on the result of the referendum though? What if the referendum says keep the amendments?

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Anonymous July 31, 2010, 9:47 a.m.    

The amendments to Ukraine's constitution made in 2004 were positive not negative. They were a step in the right direction. Ukraine needs to complete the process and abandon Presidential authority in favour of a Democratic European Parliamentary model of governance.

The constitution of Ukraine can only be amended with the support of two thirds majority of Ukraine's Parliament, Chapter VIII of Ukraine's Constitution

A referendum is only required if the parliament seeks to amend Chapter I — &quot;General Principles,&quot; Chapter III — &quot;Elections. Referendum,&quot; and Chapter XIII — &quot;Introducing Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine,&quot; and even then it must still have the support of two thirds of the parliament.

If Fresh Parliamentary elections were held today Party of regions would secure an absolute majority of Parliamentary representation but will fall short of a constitutional two thirds majority. HOWEVER With the support of Sergei Tigipko String Ukraine Party Party of Regions would most like be Abe to secure the two thirds majority required to amend the constitution but this can only take place following a fresh parliamentary election assuming that the current parliament will not consent to the proposed changes.

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Anonymous July 31, 2010, 9:49 a.m.    

Ukraine's Constitution

Chapter XIII

Introducing Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine

Article 154

A draft law on introducing amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine may be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by the President of Ukraine, or by no fewer People’s Deputies of Ukraine than one-third of the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Article 155

A draft law on introducing amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, with the exception of Chapter I — &quot;General Principles,&quot; Chapter III — &quot;Elections. Referendum,&quot; and Chapter XIII — &quot;Introducing Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine,&quot; previously adopted by the majority of the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, is deemed to be adopted, if at the next regular session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, no less than two-thirds of the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine have voted in favour thereof.

Article 156

A draft law on introducing amendments to Chapter I — &quot;General Principles,&quot; Chapter III — &quot;Elections. Referendum,&quot; and Chapter XIII — &quot;Introducing Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine,&quot; is submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by the President of Ukraine, or by no less than two-thirds of the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and on the condition that it is adopted by no less than two-thirds of the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and is approved by an All-Ukrainian referendum designated by the President of Ukraine.

The repeat submission of a draft law on introducing amendments to Chapters I, III and XIII of this Constitution on one and the same issue is possible only to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the next convocation.

Article 157

The Constitution of Ukraine shall not be amended, if the amendments foresee the abolition or restriction of human and citizens' rights and freedoms, or if they are oriented toward the liquidation of the independence or violation of the territorial indivisibility of Ukraine.

The Constitution of Ukraine shall not be amended in conditions of martial law or a state of emergency.

Article 158

The draft law on introducing amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, considered by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and not adopted, may be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine no sooner than one year from the day of the adoption of the decision on this draft law.

Within the term of its authority, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine shall not amend twice the same provisions of the Constitution.

Article 159

A draft law on introducing amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine is considered by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine upon the availability of an opinion of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine on the conformity of the draft law with the requirements of Articles 157 and 158 of this Constitution.

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