Ukraine's Constitutional Court rules parliamentary coalition legal

09:54, April 09, 2010      

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Ukraine's Constitution Court ruled on Thursday that individual lawmakers have the right to take part in the formation of a coalition in parliament, confirming the legitimacy of the current parliamentary coalition.

"Individual people's deputies ... have the right to take part in the formation of a coalition of factions in the Ukraine Parliament, " the ruling said.

President Victor Yanukovych signed on March 10 a law that allows individual deputies to join a coalition group, rather than insist that a faction joins en bloc.

The law paved a way for three factions in Ukraine's Parliament, the Regions Party, the Communist Party and the Lytvyn's blok, to create a new ruling coalition along with some individual lawmakers.

On March 11, parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn announced a majority coalition had been formed.

One day later, the opposition group led by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko filed a challenge to the Constitution Court, saying that the coalition supporting Yanukovych had been formed illegally.

Yanukovych warned in late March that he would call a snap parliamentary election if the court had found the coalition was formed illegally.

The next scheduled parliamentary election is set for autumn 2012.

Source: Xinhua


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