Minister: Newly formed Ukrainian coalition will remain unchanged

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March 16, 2010, 4:17 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The recently adopted legislative amendments allowing both factions and individual deputies to help form a parliamentary coalition are irreversible, and the format of the Ukrainian parliamentary coalition, which was officially formed on Tuesday, will remain unchanged even if the country's Constitutional Court rules these amendments unconstitutional, Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych told Interfax. "Theoretically, even if the court rules these norms unconstitutional, the Constitutional Court's ruling becomes valid on the day of its announcement, not yesterday or the day before yesterday," Lavrynovych said.

The Constitutional Court's ruling will apply only to measures intended to establish a new coalition in Ukraine in the future, the justice minister said.

"These regulations have been confirmed in a law. They clarify the procedures for forming this coalition and for terminating its powers," he said.

"Laws become irreversible once they are adopted [by parliament], except for situations where a person is prosecuted and a law softens his punishment. This is the only situation in which a law can be reversed. In all other cases, adopted laws are irreversible," Lavrynovych said.

The Ukrainian Constitutional Court is preparing to hear a lawsuit filed by several MPs who disagree with parliament's decision to allow individual deputies to participate in the formation of a parliamentary coalition.
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Anonymous March 17, 2010, 12:03 a.m.    

This is a bold statement if the reports are true. It raises serious concern at the level of contempt that the government holds for Ukraine's constitution and the authority of the Constitutional Court. It is the main difference between a government of reform and a political/constitutional coup. A sample of things to come. The Parliamentary Assemble of the Council of Europe (PACE) can no longer afford to remain silent as it did when Yushchenko ignored Ukraine's Constitution and interfered with the independents and authority of Ukraine's Constitutional Court. It was wrong then and it is wrong now. But sadly they have already compromised their position and any criticism aim at the new government would be seen as political bias and rejected.

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