Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has signed an order convening an extraordinary session of the parliament of the sixth convocation on July 30.
A statement posted on the Web site of the parliament says that the
speaker, at the request of 157 MPs and in accordance with Part 2,
Article 83 of the Constitution of Ukraine, signed an order to convene an
extraordinary session. The session will begin at 1000 on July 30. MPs
are expected to consider personnel issues concerning the competence of
the Verkhovna Rada, draft laws introducing amendments to Ukraine’s state
budget for 2012, the question of ratification, as well as bills on
As reported, the Batkivschyna united opposition is to hold a congress at 1100 on Monday, July 30.
The Regions Party will hold a congress at 1700 on the same day.
On July 4, Lytvyn and Deputy Parliament Speaker Mykola Tomenko said
that they had submitted statements of resignation due to the adoption by
parliament of the law on principles of state language policy, which
extends the rights of the Russian language at the regional level.
On July 6, the Verkhovna Rada refused to put the question of Lytvyn
and Tomenko’s resignation on the agenda. The parliament closed its
session on the same day.
The leader of the Regions Party faction in parliament, Oleksandr
Yefremov, while speaking about the question of considering the speaker’s
resignation at an extraordinary session, noted that “it will depend on
the decision of Volodymyr Mykhailovych Lytvyn.”
“Volodymyr Mykhailovych has written a statement [of resignation]. If
the statement is not revoked before the session, I do not rule out that
it could be put on the agenda,” Yefremov said.
He also said that if the question of the speaker’s resignation is not
resolved within 15 days, then the speaker, according to the Labor Code,
has the right to resign on his own.
The tenth session of parliament ended on July 6, and the autumn session will begin on September 4.