Parliament restores the 2004 Constitution
Renewal of the 2004 Constitution was supported by 325 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada. The session also adopted a resolution No. 4178 “On organizational matters related to introduction of the Act renewing the Constitution as amended by the law No. 2222-IV of December 8, 2004.”
The bill provides for the Parliament to form a coalition of factions, both by factions and by individual deputies. This was determined by the Constitutional Court in 2010.
According to Arseniy Yatsenyuk of “Batkivschyna” faction, the Verkhovna Rada “finally, on behalf of the Ukrainian people, will get the authority to appoint the government, all the members of the government, to impact the law enforcement, the judiciary and other branches of government.”
On February 21, Ukrainian parliament has already approved the bill returning the country to the 2004 Constitution that, in turn, returns Ukraine to parliamentary-presidential form of state. The document was sent to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, but was not signed. In this regard, on February 22 the parliament decided to adopt the similar resolution, too.
The resolution comes to force from the time of adoption. Now the parliament of Ukraine has the right to form the government independently.
Verkhovna Rada also adopted a decision on the release of Yulia Tymoshenko. The resolution “On implementation of Ukraine’s international obligations with respect to the dismissal of Yulia Tymoshenko” was supported by 322 People’s Deputies.