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Ukrainian parliament refuses to recall pro-Russian language bill

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July 30, 2012, 11:33 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada has not supported any of the four draft proposals against the passing of a bill on principles of the state language policy.
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Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada has not supported any of the four draft proposals against the passing of a bill on principles of the state language policy.

The draft proposed by Our Ukraine - People's Self-Defense deputy Yuriy Karmazin was favored by 46 people's deputies; the draft proposed by BYT-Batkivschyna faction members Yuriy Odarchenko and Stepan Kurpyl, by 37 deputies; the draft of Our Ukraine - People's Self-Defense member Arseniy Yatseniuk, by 38 deputies; and the draft of BYT member Serhiy Sas, by 42 deputies.

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Roman Dawydiak July 31, 2012, 7:59 a.m.    

The regionnaire-communist language legislation will almost certainly be passed by the current VR no later than early September. It should not, however, be looked upon as being set in stone, nor should it be considered as a major victory by the current Administration. Although it most certainly stands out as a significant irritant to national and democratic supporters in Ukraine, it does not constitute the major concern of almost all Ukrainians. The issues of corruption, standard (and cost) of living and other issues directly affecting the general welfare of the people are paramount. There are also issues of accountability and integrity that are of great concern to the electorate as a whole. In these matters Vitya's regime has been a total failure. As for the legislation that has been passed (and this goes beyond the language issue), all of this can be potentially reversed if the United Opposition is able to secure a majority in the new Verkhovna Rada. The games have only just begun.

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