In an interview to journalists President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko made a statement on one of the country’s most controversial political issues – the Law on the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine passed by the Verkhovna Rada on January 12 this year.

“First of all, the adopted law violates the Constitution of Ukraine. This is a dead end and a road to nowhere.

Its passage ruins compromises that were made by the President, the Prime Minister and the Verkhovna Rada Speaker and confirmed in the National Unity Pact. It destabilizes Ukraine and, most importantly, destabilizes the country’s government,” the President pointed out.

Commenting on the issue Yushchenko outlined his position.  

“The law that was passed and sent to the Secretariat for my approval differs from the Law on the Cabinet of Ministers adopted on December 21, 2006 and signed by the Speaker.

In other words, the law contains a few changes that were not in my proposals.

Comparative graphs, the transcript of that session of the Verkhovna Rada, experts’ conclusions and correspondence between the Verkhovna Rada and the Presidential Secretariat prove this fact.

The Constitution of Ukraine and the July 7/1998 decision by the Constitutional Court Of Ukraine state:

If a bill is amended when the President’s proposals are being considered and these changes conflict with these proposals, the President is entitled to act in accordance with clause 2 of Article 94 of the Constitution of Ukraine.

It means the President of Ukraine can re-veto the January 12 Law on the Cabinet of Ministers. I simply use my constitutional right and perform my constitutional duty,” the President explained. 

Yushchenko stressed he wanted to resolve the problem in the best possible way and provided two variants.

“First. Respecting the parliamentary decision, passed by more than two thirds of the Verkhovna Rada, I suggest that parliament change only those clauses of the law that conflict with the Constitution of Ukraine.

Second. As far as the ideology of this law is concerned, I suggest considering this issue later, when our discussion on the first part of the problem is over,” the President’s statement says.  

“I suggest that the Verkhovna Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Presidential Secretariat revise the law together. I hope and believe the Verkhovna Rada will accept the President’s proposals,“ the Head of State summed up.


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