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You're reading: Opposition vows to cancel language law and bring Yanukovych and Lytvyn to account

The Batkivschyna united opposition will cancel the anti-Ukrainian language law and bring incumbent President Viktor Yanukovych and Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn to account.

“A new democratic majority will cancel this law and other anti-state
laws and bring Yanukovych and Lytvyn to account for abusing the
constitution and the national language,” the opposition said in a
statement posted on Web site of the Batkivschyna Party on Wednesday.

The authors of the statement said they believe that gross violations
of the constitution and the Verkhovna Rada’s rules of procedure at all
stages of the consideration of the law leave no doubt as to its “legal

“This so-called law cannot take effect, because in fact it was not
adopted at first or second reading. Lytvyn and Yanukovych did not have
the right to sign it,” reads the statement.

In addition, the statement notes that for Lytvyn, who publicly
recognized that he had no right to sign the document, presence in a new
parliament is more important than the fate of the state language.

“Viktor Yanukovych, as head of state, is obliged to veto the law and
return it to parliament without his signature. But maintaining the
falling rating of the Regions Party is more important for Yanukovych
than national unity and the state language. He committed another crime
and signed the so-called law, born on the basis of pervasive lawlessness
and disregard for the constitution,” reads the statement.

The opposition believes that the signing of the law on principles of
state language policy is another crime for which Yanukovych deserves

“The Batkivschyna united opposition states that Article 10 of the
constitution defining Ukrainian as the only state language is in effect
in Ukraine. Yanukovych will not cancel it!” reads the statement.

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