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Symonenko: Lytvyn's resignation not on agenda of Rada's special session

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July 27, 2012, 2:23 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian Communist Party leader MP Petro Symonenko has said that the issue of the resignation of Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn is not on the agenda of the parliament's extraordinary session scheduled for July 30.
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Ukrainian Communist Party leader MP Petro Symonenko has said that the issue of the resignation of Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn is not on the agenda of the parliament's extraordinary session scheduled for July 30.

"This issue is currently not on the agenda," Symonenko said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine.

He said the extraordinary session would address the ratification of an agreement establishing a free trade area within the CIS countries, which was signed in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2011.

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.

A bill on ratification of the agreement on the CIS free trade area was registered in the Verkhovna Rada on July 24. It was submitted by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The text of the document is not on parliament's Web site.

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