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In early November 2012,
while international attention was focused on election irregularities, the
ruling majority took the opportunity to pass a previously
rejected version of a`highly dangerous Law on National Referendums.  On July 4, with mass protest throughout the country over adoption of the
contentious State Language Policy Act, a bill was passed which
removed around a third of all public procurement from tender procedure. 

The situation on April
4 was different in that all eyes were certainly focused on the Verkhovna
Rada. As much as they could be, since “parliament,” we were supposed to
believe, had split in two.  The opposition had been blocking the
parliamentary tribune over the ruling majority’s refusal to call long overdue
elections in Kyiv.

To avoid disadvantageous elections, but break the
blockade, a meeting of some members of the Party of the Regions, communists and
officially non-affiliated members of parliament decided to hold a “parliamentary session” at the
parliamentary committee premises on Bankova Street.

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