Friday, September 24, 2010

Constitutional Court of Ukraine Will Decide Constitutionality of 2004 Political Reform

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine held oral arguments (broadcast live for the first time on the "First" national television station) regarding the case challenging the constitutionality of Law No. 2222-IV.   The Law amended the Constitution and served as a springboard for the 2004 political reform which transferred certain Presidential powers to Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament, and to the Cabinet of Ministers, creating a parliamentary-presidential form of government.   Challengers allege that Law No. 2222-IV is unconstitutional because the Constitutional Court did not review and approve the Law prior to its adoption, as required by the Constitution. The Court is expected to issue a decision within a week.                         

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