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    Petro Poroshenko plans to submit a project for changes in the country’s Constitution to decentralize power to the parliament next week.

    KIEV (Sputnik) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced he would submit a project for changes in the country’s Constitution to decentralize power to the parliament next week.

    Earlier on Friday, the Constitutional Committee approved a project with changes to the Ukrainian Constitution for decentralizing power and forwarded the project to the president.

    “I will need a few more days and I will use these holidays to read the project. I express my opinion of approval…Next week I will submit the variant to parliament that was developed and reviewed by you, [the parliament] will vote and send it to the Constitutional Court,” Poroshenko said during a Constitutional Committee meeting.

    Poroshenko said the country would remain a unitary state “with no compromises.”

    The Ukrainian president also said that Ukrainian would be the single state language, but regions could determine which language they spoke in.

    “It’s not for those in high offices to decide where best to build a school or hospital, or how to build a road, which memorials to erect, which songs to sing, or which language residents use, but the single state language will be Ukrainian,” he added.

    Independence supporters in conflict-torn Ukraine's east have long sought broader autonomy and special status for the region.

    Constitutional reform in Ukraine, including the decentralization of power, was among the key provisions of the February Minsk agreements to put an end to hostilities in Donbas.

    According to Poroshenko, the country’s parliament aims to pass a bill on constitutional reforms to decentralize power in Ukraine by July 17.


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