Ukrainian parliament will consider dissolution of Crimean parliament
Today, Ukraine’s parliament began the plenary session scheduled to address the issues of early termination of the Crimean parliament, as well as the initiation of early local elections.
The Speaker Alexander Turchinov initiated the draft on dissolution of the Supreme Council of Crimea.
Deputy Head of “Batkivschyna” faction Nikolai Tomenko believes that they will have enough votes for the dissolution of Crimean parliament even if deputies of Party of Regions and the Communist Party shy away from the vote.
On February 22, disappearance of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych resulted in his removal from power, change of the country’s Constitution, and appointment of the speaker of Ukraine’s parliament Alexander Turchinov as acting President.
On March 14, Ukraine’s Constitutional Court ruled unconstitutional the decision of Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on holding a referendum on the status of autonomy. On Sunday, March 16, residents of the peninsula will to decide on the question of joining the Crimea to Russia.
On the day of Crimea-wide referendum, the autonomy will open 1,204 polling stations. According to First Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Rustam Temirgaliev, “By preliminary data, about 82% of Crimea residents support joining the peninsula to Russian Federation. We are convinced that the turnout for the referendum will exceed 80%.”