Ukraine's majority coalition becomes parliamentary majority

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Ukraine's Communist Party, the pro-presidential Party of Regions, and the Lytvyn bloc signed on Monday an agreement transforming their majority coalition in parliament into a parliamentary majority.

Ukraine's Communist Party, the pro-presidential Party of Regions, and the Lytvyn bloc signed on Monday an agreement transforming their majority coalition in parliament into a parliamentary majority.

The move was necessary following a ruling by the Ukrainian Constitutional Court on Thursday to cancel the 2004 constitutional reform, which transferred a significant amount of power from the president to parliament.

The 1996 Constitution, which the country returned to after the ruling, does not allow the formation of a majority coalition in parliament because the president proposes candidates for the prime minister, while the 2004 amendments handed this power over to the ruling coalition.

The new parliamentary majority, which holds 265 seats in the 450-strong parliament, was named Stability and Reforms.

The ruling came after 252 Ukrainian lawmakers signed a petition demanding the cancellation of the constitutional amendments, which were approved in 2004 under President Leonid Kuchma.

The decision is a boost for President Viktor Yanukovych, who has criticized the division of power between parliament and the president.

The court said on Friday the bill "does not correspond to the Ukrainian Constitution" because of "violations of constitutional procedures of its consideration and adoption."

 

KIEV, October 4 (RIA Novosti)

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