Former prime minister and leader of the Batkivshchyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko is calling for Ukraine’s intellectual circles to work together to draft a new Constitution.

"I believe the process of unification around the creation of a new Constitution must begin – a new Constitution that can become a true alternative to what today was imposed on the country," Yulia Tymoshenko said at a press conference in Kyiv.

She believes only a new Constitution will be able to protect democracy in Ukraine.

"I trust that a team of intellectuals from political and non-political circles will be found that can write a new Constitution that will be appropriate for the third millennium and our country’s state of development – one that will once and for all protect Ukraine from accidental and incompetent politicians."

Yulia Tymoshenko said the new draft Constitution must be "built in such a way that it guarantees rights and freedoms - it must not only identify good values, it must also include mechanisms for ensuring the accountability of each new leader on every level for upholding these values, rights and freedoms."

"That’s why ever since 2004 I have been in favor of a new Constitution. A return to the 1996 Constitution means the total destruction of all democratic beginnings in Ukraine," said Yulia Tymoshenko.

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