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Ukrainian Parliament adopts changes to Cabinet of Ministers

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Ukrainian Parliament adopted on Thursday changes to the country's Cabinet of Ministers, in accordance with the country's recently altered constitution.

Ukrainian Parliament adopted on Thursday changes to the country's Cabinet of Ministers, in accordance with the country's recently altered constitution.

A total of 252 deputies voted for the altered law. Over 226 votes were needed for it to come into affect.

Under the new law, the cabinet of ministers is responsible to the Ukrainian president, instead of the parliament, and prime ministers are appointed by the president on agreement with parliament.

A government may be dismissed after a vote of no confidence from the parliament, a presidential decree, or a prime minister's resignation or death. Previously, a president had no right to dismiss government.

Ukraine's Constitutional Court boosted the powers of President Viktor Yanukovych earlier this month by ruling that the 2004 reforms, introduced during the Orange Revolution that brought ex-president Viktor Yushchenko to power, had been unconstitutional.

Yanukovych, who was elected in February, said in his Constitution Day address to the nation on July 6 that the reform had caused a "misbalance" and a "serious crisis of power," and proposed reviewing the constitution.

He said recently that the Constitutional Court's decision does not threaten Ukraine's democracy.

But the opposition says the move will turn Ukraine into an authoritarian state.

KIEV, October 7 (RIA Novosti)

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