Parliament is due to open for two days of sessions

10:19, 29 May 2007
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To pass bills, enabling the country to hold the early election

Ukraine`s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, is due to begin two days of meetings aimed at passing a package of bills enabling the country to hold the early election September 30, according to RFE/RL.

President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych agreed on the election date early on May 27.

The move defused tensions between supporters of the two rivals and was welcomed by the European Union.

But parliament must still amend the electoral law and take other steps to permit the vote to be held.

The agreement came after months of rising political tension in Ukraine, which was heightened in April when Yushchenko issued a decree to dissolve parliament and hold early elections.

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