Lytvyn to sign language law only if lawmakers comply with Rada regulations

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July 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn has said he will sign the law on the principles of state language policy only if lawmakers comply with the parliament's procedure for the adoption of this law.

"The signing of the law on the principles of state language policy is possible only under the condition of the strict adherence to the norms of the law on the parliament's regulations, which contains a clear procedure for the consideration of draft laws and their preparation for signing by the head of the parliament," the press secretary of the Ukrainian parliament speaker said in a comment on Lytvyn's attitude towards signing the law before submitting it to the president.

The speaker didn't hold any meetings on the language law in parliament on Wednesday, the press secretary said.

As reported, the Ukrainian parliament passed the law on the foundations of state language policy, which considerably expands the use of the Russian language, on Tuesday.

The parliamentary opposition says the law was passed with many violations.

Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn and his deputy Mykola Tomenko announced on Wednesday that they had decided to resign from their posts.

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