President urges lawmakers to adopt legislation on early election of Kyiv Mayor

17:26, 17 March 2008
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President meets with Speaker, PM

President Victor Yushchenko held today a weekly meeting with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Verkhovna Rada Speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk. According to the President`s press-office, National Security and Defense Council Secretary Rayisa Bohatyryova, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Petro Krupko, BYuT and OU-PSD faction leaders Ivan Kyrylenko and Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, President’s Secretariat Chief of Staff Victor Baloha and his deputies Oleksandr Shlapak and Oleksandr Chalyy.

During the meeting officials discussed the agenda for next Verkhovna Rada plenary week (March 18-21), introduction of modifications to 2008 budget law, the results of talks between Naftogaz of Ukraine and Russia’s Gazprom, preparations in Ukraine to NATO Bucharest Summit.

According to President the deputies of Verkhovna Rada should already tomorrow discuss and adopt in a first reading such bills as on deputies’ immunity status; on the Cabinet of Ministers; on the opposition; on imperative mandate, on introduction of modification to some legislative acts as to holding preliminary elections to Kyiv city council and of Kyiv Mayor. “The coalition agreement should be obeyed in full, rather than partially, in order to satisfy one-day political interests. That is why the parliament has to adopt all 12 bills which had been agreed upon earlier”, - said Victor Yushchenko.

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