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Yanukovych: Parliament should be stabilized, otherwise early elections will be called

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July 4, 2012, 2:01 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych believes the work of the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, should be stabilized, or otherwise it should be dissolved and early parliamentary elections called.
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych believes the work of the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, should be stabilized, or otherwise it should be dissolved and early parliamentary elections called.

"I believe we should do all we can so that the parliament continues to work, ends this session and certainly starts a new session in September this year. This is the primary goal," the presidential press service quoted Yanukovych as saying at a meeting with the leadership of the parliament and the leaders of parliamentary factions on July 4.

The president noted, however, that, if the parliament's work is not stabilized, "we will have to switch to the procedure of early parliamentary elections."

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Ukrtoday Ukraine July 4, 2012, 7:46 p.m.    

I question if e Presidet has authority to dismiss the parliament and call earlier elections. the time required to put in place the circumstances for holding early elections would exceed the time left before the normal elections can be held. e could arrange for te parliament to be dissolved which would leave Ukraine in a state of limbo pending the outcome of the new election.

What Ukraine needs to do is remove presidential authority and adopt a full parliamentary model of governmen as recommended by PACE and the Venice Commission.

The president should be appointed by a constitutional majority of the parliament.

Te last thing Ukraine needs is another manufactured political crisi as occurred back in 2907 when Yushchenko destabilised Ukraine by unconstitutionally dismissing Ukraine's parliament. Let us not forget that it was the act of Yushchenko that delivered the current parliament.

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