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While the President is ill, Moroz may sign the law on Cabinet

"The President of Ukraine must make up his mind, either he signs the law, or I have to publicize it, in line with the Constitution. There is no other way out”, VR Speaker Oleksander Moroz claimed to journalists today.

The procedure of publicizing the law on the Cabinet of Ministers must be finished today.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Oleksander Moroz claimed this, speaking at the annual meeting of Ukrainian Lawmakers Association today.

“It is necessary to persuade Victor Andriyovych [Yushchenko] that he sign the law and submit proposals, which we [the parliament - UNIAN] will for sure take into account”.

According to him, the President of Ukraine must make up his mind, “either he signs the law, or I have to publicize it, in line with the Constitution. There is no other way out”.

He stressed: ‘Today the President may act in this or that way, but the VR Speaker must act as it is written in the law”.

Asked by journalists whether he already met with the President, O.Moroz said: “I talked with him by telephone, he is still ill, he is not at work”.

O.Moroz specified that, as of today, 8 provisions of the law on Cabinet remain disputable. In particular, the matter concerns the procedure of appointing deputy Ministers and the procedure of countersign.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on 19 January President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko repeatedly vetoed the law on Cabinet, which was adopted by the VR on 12 January.

On 22 January the Mukachevski city district court forbade Verkhovna Rada chairman Oleksander Moroz to sign the law “On the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine”, which was adopted on 12 January. In particular, the court examined the suit of Our Ukraine representative Ihor Kril vs the Verkhovna Rada, about declaring illegal the eventual actions of the VR chairman should he sign the law on the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Having examined the suit, the court decided to forbid the parliament speaker to sign the law on the Cabinet of Ministers, and also forbade the Verkhovna Rada and any other natural persons or legal entities to submit for publishing the law on the Cabinet, adopted on 12 January.

The court also forbade “Holos Ukrayiny”, “Uriadovy Kurier”, other official press, natural persons and legal entities, to publish the law on the Cabinet.

On 23 January, VR Speaker Oleksander Moroz claimed that the Law on the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine will be publicized in line with the Constitution of Ukraine.

According to O.Moroz, “I do not have any other choice”. He emphasized that his signature, as of the VR Speaker, is already under this law, since the document was signed when it was submitted for the consideration of the President of Ukraine after it was adopted by the parliament. Thus, O.Moroz stressed, now the matter concerns only its publicizing.

On 25 January, in an interview to RFE/RL, O.Moroz did not rule out that the law might have been published on 26 January.

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