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You're reading: Ukraine-EU relations will remain frozen until Yanukovych returns to democratic path

Perhaps the ambassador is unaware that the opposition is boycotting the Constitutional Assembly until Ukraine fulfills the January resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that calls for the release of Ukrainian political prisoners.

In the 2010 elections, Viktor Yanukovych never campaigned for a return to the 1996 constitution and, if he had, he might have not defeated Yulia Tymoshenko by a mere 3 percent. Constitutional changes were railroaded through in September 2010 by stuffing the Constitutional Court with judges who would agree to annul the 2004 constitutional reforms.

Therefore, why should the Ukrainian opposition or Council of Europe’s Venice Commission have any faith in the Constitutional Assembly?

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