The Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn warns officials he may reveal the arrangements existing between political forces regarding the draft bill on national language policy.

“I want to calm down those, who say I did not give a chance to vote for some decision. If they continue hashing over this topic, I will air the true reasons for the scandal around the draft law in the Parliament. I will reveal secret arrangements on this issue. It’s no good trying to blame me,” Lytvyn stressed.

However, he refused to air these arrangements at the request of journalists. “The leaders of political factions should inform people of the internal legislative processes, not a speaker. My duty is to provide stable work of the parliament and assist in finding a compromise. I keep standing for calm and balanced approach to the consideration of this issue,” the Speaker told.

Lytvyn mentioned that there are many options how to solve this situation. First, the MPs may end the consideration of the draft law, adopting some decision. Second, the MPs may send the draft bill for further developing by the special-purpose committee or return it to its authors for improvement. Finally, the draft law can be considered in a new first reading.

As ForUm reported, on May 24, the debates on the language policy draft law resulted in the fight between MPs in the session hall of the Parliament. As the fight started, Mr. Lytvyn concluded the sitting and left the hall.

After the fight, the member of the BYUT-Batkivshchyna Party Mykola Petruk was hospitalized and the member of the Party of Regions Vadym Kolesnichenko announced he was threatened bodily harm.


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