Decentralization to be considered in Parliament today (live feed)

09:50, 31 August 2015
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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is holding an extraordinary session today to consider the issue of preliminary approval of the Constitutional amendments regarding decentralization of power, session opening delayed to 12:00 Kyiv time due to blockage of Rada rostrum by Radical Party.

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It is also expected that the second session of Parliament will be closed today, while the next session is to open tomorrow, September 1.

UNIAN has reported that leader of the Radical Party Oleh Lyashko said his faction would not vote for decentralization amendments and it was preparing a plan of action for today’s Parliament session.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on July 16, the Verkhovna Rada forwarded the draft Constitutional amendments regarding decentralization of power to the Constitutional Court, to obtain the CC’s opinion on the  compliance of the draft with the requirements of Articles 157 and 158 of the Constitution of Ukraine.

On July 31, the CC ruled that the bill complies with the Constitution and does not aim at eliminating the independence or violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

According to the Parliament regulations, the Verkhovna Rada is to give a preliminary approval to a bill in the first reading by at least 226 votes. At least 300 votes is needed for the adoption of the amendments at the next session of Parliament.

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