The Rada has adopted Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to Article 149 of the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine" (No. 3812), according to the report, with a total of 229 MPs having supported the motion.
The law provides that if a draft law on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (which meets the requirements of Articles 157, 158 of the Constitution according to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine) was pre-approved by the Verkhovna Rada but is not considered at the next regular parliament session, such a draft law will be considered at the next regular session following it.
Ukrainian MP Mykola Tomenko (the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko) stated the part of the Coalition together with the Opposition Bloc had decided to change the articles of the Constitution, which are only to be changed through a referendum. He noted this could lead to the parliament "starting experimenting with other sections" of the Constitution, which may threaten the unitary form of the Ukrainian state and the status of the Ukrainian language.
Leader of the Samopomich Party Oleh Berezyuk urged all deputies to retain the existing Constitution.
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In turn, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Groysman noted there were no objective grounds for concerns over any unconstitutional activities. According to the official, the deputies seek to provide more time for discussion on decentralization amendments to the Constitution.