Rada paves way for decentralization
The Verkhovna Rada has approved in first reading the president-proposed Constitutional amendments regarding decentralization of power on August 31.
265 of the 320 MPs registered in the session hall supported bill No.2217a.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Members of Parliament gathered for an extraordinary meeting to consider the draft law on amendments to the Constitution regarding decentralization of power. The meeting was supposed to start at 11 o'clock, but 50 deputies blocked the rostrum and presidium of parliament, protesting against the adoption of this bill. Subsequently, the First Vice-Speaker Andriy Parubiy announced that the meeting would start at 12.00. At 12:00 Lyiv time Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Groisman managed to open the meeting.