The Constitutional Assembly has submitted a draft Concept of amendments to the Constitution stipulating that the Main Law should be first approved by the parliament and then adopted through All-Ukrainian referendum.

According to the new Concept, draft Constitution should be submitted to the parliament by the president and no less than two thirds MP of the constitutional composition of parliament (currently - one thirds).

Moreover, the draft Constitution can be considered adopted if no less two thirds MPs of the constitutional composition of parliament voted for it.

"In case of approval of the draft bill, the President appoints All-Ukrainian referendum to adopt the corresponding law," the Concept reads.

The authors of the document also propose not to apply President's veto to the amendments to the Constitution.

The draft Concept also provides for "adoption of separate regulations to specify the procedure of revision of current Constitution and introduction of changes, as well for adoption of amendments to section III in order to carry out systemic and complex reformation of constitutional regulation of public relations in Ukraine".

The current Constitutions provides for two ways to amend the Main Law:

- by decision of the parliament with further approval through All-Ukrainian referendum in case of amendments to the sections I (General principles), III (Elections. Referendum) and XIII (Amendments to the Constitution);
- by decision of the parliament only in case of amendments to other sections.

The Concept is planned to be considered on Friday. Other propositions to the document can be submitted until September 1, 2013.


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