The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has had no authority since the pro-presidential party, Our Ukraine, and Yulia Tymoshenko’s bloc held their conventions on June 2 to formally relinquish over 160 seats in parliament, President Victor Yushchenko’s representative to the Verkhovna Rada, Roman Zvarych, said on Monday, according to the President`s press-office.

      Zvarych said Rayisa Bohatyryova, leader of the Regions Party faction, “could have confused” constitutional clauses when saying it was necessary to continue parliamentary sessions. He said lawmakers can perform their duties but the Verkhovna Rada cannot work when dissolved, because “the Verkhovna Rada – not deputies – adopts laws.”