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Opposition vows to cancel language law and bring Yanukovych and Lytvyn to account

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Aug. 9, 2012, 7:48 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Batkivschyna united opposition will cancel the anti-Ukrainian language law and bring incumbent President Viktor Yanukovych and Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn to account.
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The Batkivschyna united opposition will cancel the anti-Ukrainian language law and bring incumbent President Viktor Yanukovych and Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn to account.

"A new democratic majority will cancel this law and other anti-state laws and bring Yanukovych and Lytvyn to account for abusing the constitution and the national language," the opposition said in a statement posted on Web site of the Batkivschyna Party on Wednesday.

The authors of the statement said they believe that gross violations of the constitution and the Verkhovna Rada's rules of procedure at all stages of the consideration of the law leave no doubt as to its "legal nullity."

"This so-called law cannot take effect, because in fact it was not adopted at first or second reading. Lytvyn and Yanukovych did not have the right to sign it," reads the statement.

In addition, the statement notes that for Lytvyn, who publicly recognized that he had no right to sign the document, presence in a new parliament is more important than the fate of the state language.

"Viktor Yanukovych, as head of state, is obliged to veto the law and return it to parliament without his signature. But maintaining the falling rating of the Regions Party is more important for Yanukovych than national unity and the state language. He committed another crime and signed the so-called law, born on the basis of pervasive lawlessness and disregard for the constitution," reads the statement.

The opposition believes that the signing of the law on principles of state language policy is another crime for which Yanukovych deserves impeachment.

"The Batkivschyna united opposition states that Article 10 of the constitution defining Ukrainian as the only state language is in effect in Ukraine. Yanukovych will not cancel it!" reads the statement.

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