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Factions' approval, 226 signatures needed to form coalition in Ukraine's parliament

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Feb. 12, 2010, 4:39 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
To form a coalition in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, it is not enough to have the signatures of 226 MPs confirming their readiness to join such a coalition - a relevant decision from their factions is also required, according to Ukrainian Justice Minister Mykola Onischuk. "The law on the parliament's regulations does demand both a decision by the factions and 226 signatures. However, if it is signed by the president and goes into force, the newly adopted law [on the parliament's regulations] will have no retroactive effect, which means it will be in effect for those who create a new coalition (in the next parliament)," he told journalists in Kyiv on Thursday.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law on its regulations on Feb. 10.
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Anonymous Feb. 13, 2010, 4:27 a.m.    

Under the terms of Ukraine's Constitution a governing coalition needs to be formed by Factions (Not indiviuals) that represent a majority of the parliament. This means that for a new coalition government to be formed either Our Ukraine-Peoples Self Defense or Bloc Tymoshenko would have to consent.

Article 83

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Rules on the conduct of work of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine shall be laid down in the Constitution of Ukraine and the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

According to election results and on the basis of a common ground achieved between various political positions, a coalition of parliamentary factions shall be formed in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to include a majority of People’s Deputies of Ukraine within the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

A coalition of parliamentary factions in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine shall be formed within a month from the date of the first meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to be held following regular or special elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, or within a month from the date when activities of a coalition of parliamentary factions in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine terminated.

A coalition of parliamentary factions in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine submits to the President of Ukraine, in accordance with this Constitution, proposals concerning a candidature for the office of the Prime Minister of Ukraine and also, in accordance with this Constitution, submits proposals concerning candidatures for the membership of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Framework for forming, organising, and terminating activities of a coalition of parliamentary factions in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine shall be established by the Constitution of Ukraine and the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

A parliamentary faction in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine whose members make up a majority of People’s Deputies of Ukraine within the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine shall enjoy the same rights under this Constitution as a coalition of parliamentary factions in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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