Constitutional Court continues hearing on President’s decree

10:27, 19 April 2007
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All 18 Constitutional Court judges are present at the session

Today, at 09.30 a.m., the Constitutional Court of Ukraine continued the hearing on the presidential decree to dissolve parliament and call early elections.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, all 18 Constitutional Court judges are present at the court session. In the beginning of the session, CC chairman Ivan Dombrovskiy claimed that Verkhovna Rada representative Anatoliy Selivanov and Presidential Secretariat representative Rostyslav Solodkiy are absent at the session.

On Thursday President’s representative to CC Volodymyr Shapoval will continue to answer questions of the judges.

Some 7 thousand supporters of both camps have gathered in front of the court building. However, unlike yesterday, they are divided from each other by police cordons and metal fences.

As UNIAN reported earlier, yesterday the court session was delayed by an hour after some 4,000 to 10,000 supporters of both camps gathered in front of the building, preventing the judges from entering the court for a second day of hearings on the decree.

Judges said Tuesday it would take about ten days to decide on the matter. Both sides in the conflict, President Viktor Yushchenko and his arch rival Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, have said they are ready to abide by any court decision and ruled out the use of force.

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