Rada authorizes Speaker to sign Donbas de-occupation law, forward it to President
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has authorized Chairman of the Parliament Andriy Parubiy to sign the law on de-occupation of Donbas and send it for signature to President Petro Poroshenko.
The deputies did not support the draft resolution "On the abolition of the decision of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of January 18, 2017 on the adoption of the draft law "On the peculiarities of state policy on ensuring Ukraine's sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions" (No. 7163), according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The draft resolution was backed by only 37 MPs (with the necessary minimum of 226).
It proposed to cancel the decision of the Verkhovna Rada on the adoption of the bill "On the peculiarities of state policy to ensure Ukraine's sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions" as "passed with a flagrant violation of the requirements of the Constitution of Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine."
Read alsoVolker, Turchynov discuss Donbas reintegration lawIn particular, the explanatory note to the draft resolution says that the comparative table for the second reading was absent until January 12, 2018, and therefore, consideration of the bill on January 16-18, 2018, four days after the submission of the comparative table to deputies, contradicts the norms of the Verkhovna Rada Regulations.
In addition, the authors of the draft resolution from the Opposition Bloc faction claim there were falsifications of dates of documents' posting on the parliament's website.
Read alsoRada passes so-called Donbas reintegration billAs UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada on January 18 passed draft law No. 7163 on special aspects of state policy to ensure Ukraine's state sovereignty in temporarily occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (the so-called Donbas reintegration bill).