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Opposition: Lytvyn 'takes part in crime' by signing language bill

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July 31, 2012, 6:13 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn
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The Batkivschyna United Opposition has stated that Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn had no right to sign the bill on the principles of state language policy, as the document was not passed at first and second readings.

"Such a law does not even exist. The violations of the constitution and the regulations are so outrageous that there is no legal reason for calling this pile of paper a bill," reads a statement of the united opposition that has been posted on the Web site of the Batkivschyna Party on Tuesday.

"By signing this unconstitutional scribble into law, Lytvyn has become a participant in a crime, as he clearly broke Article 10 of the Constitution of Ukraine, which together with rulings of the Constitutional Court clearly regulates the procedure for the use of languages in Ukraine. This step is a shameful full stop in the career of an unprincipled politician, who is ready to break laws and morals for the sake of himself," reads the statement.

As reported, Lytvyn signed the bill on the principles of the state language policy on July 31. The document has been sent to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych for signature.

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