The Ukrainian parliament has amended the regulations of its activities, bringing their provisions in line with the constitution of 1996, which resumed its effect after the Constitutional Court's decision to repeal the political reform of 2004.
A total of 253 lawmakers out of the 418 registered in the parliament's session hall on Friday voted for a bill of amendments to the Verkhovna Rada's regulations.
The law stipulates that at least 15 parliament deputies can form a parliamentary faction.
Under the law, a lawmaker can join only one faction.
The chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and his two assistants cannot head factions of deputies.
The parliament deputies who are expelled from factions or decide to leave them become individual lawmakers.
The parliament's rules of procedure also provide the right for individual deputies to unite into parliamentary groups of people's deputies, and at least 15 deputies are required for the formation of such groups.
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