Parliament mulls Feb. 3 vote to amend Constitution

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Jan. 31, 2011, 12:32 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Parliament on Feb. 3 may consider amending the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the date for the next parliamentary and presidential elections. "Let's focus on Thursday. I'm talking about a law [on constitutional amendments]," Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn said at a meeting of the conciliatory council of the leaders of factions and parliamentary committees on Monday.

As reported, on November 19, 2010, the parliament preliminarily approved constitutional amendments scheduling the next parliamentary elections for October 2012 and presidential elections for March 2015.

The next session of parliament is scheduled for February 1, 2011.
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Anonymous Jan. 31, 2011, 5:48 p.m.    

It would be better for the parliament to consider and pass legislation that would restore the provisions of the 2004/5 amended constitution and then to consider in more detail further reform that would see ukraine abandon the presidential system in favour of a full planetary model in line with other european states.

As it stands the decision of Ukraine's constitutional court nullifying the 2004/5 amendments has created constitutional uncertainty. both the president and then parliament can no longer claim a mandate.

by reenacting the 2004/5 amendments and overcoming the technical flaws in the process that gave rise to the decision of the constitutional Court would restore the previous status quo and all Ukraine to debate in a more rational and hopefully constructive manner the next step forward.

As long as Ukraine remains subject to presidential authority it will never be a true independent democratic state.

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Anonymous Jan. 31, 2011, 6:26 p.m.    


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