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06.03.2008

Politicians already backing out of the Constitutional Council

   

In commenting on the Party of the Regions’ decision to withdraw from the National Constitutional Council, Speaker of Parliament Arseny Yatsenyuk said that this indicated the impossibility already of adopting a Constitution within the Verkhovna Rada. He stressed that this was an extremely negative sign which showed a further exacerbation and destabilization of the situation.

He added tat the participating of the key parliamentary factions in the Constitutional Council which is headed by the President was an indicated that amendments to the Constitution could be passed not only by the requisite 300 votes, but by 400 and more.

Representative of the Party of the Regions, Oleksandr Lavrynovych, stated earlier in the day that the Party of the Regions was withdrawing from the National Constitutional Council. He said that this was because the working group created within the makeup of the Council had become reviewing the entire text of the Constitution.

Based on a report at www.unian.net

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