The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the resolution on canceling the VR Resolution of 10 January 2006 “On the Resignation of the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine” at the evening session today.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, 239 MPs out of 303, registered in the chamber, voted for this.
The authors of the resolution are Party of Regions MPs Volodymyr Rybak and Vladyslav Lukianov, and Communist faction member Heorhiy Ponomarenko.
According to V.Rybak, the resolution was adopted basing on the Ukrainian President’s statement of 12 January about the unconstitutionality of the parliament’s decision to sack Yuri Yekhanurov’s government.
After the voting, speaker Oleksander Moroz closed the evening session of the parliament.
As UNIAN reported before, under the Constitution, Victor Yushchenko can dissolve the parliament and fix new elections from Tuesday, the deadline for the assembly to form a government, which came 60 days after its first sitting.
However, representatives of the anti-crisis coalition began to state that this deadline has nothing in common with the real resignation of government. “Under the Ukrainian Constitution, the abdication of the Cabinet of Ministers to the newly elected parliament is not determined as a resignation”, according to Communist MPs Petro Symonenko and Valentyn Matveyev.
At the same time, on 10 January the parliament sacked the government, headed by Yuri Yekhanurov, with 250 votes.