Ukraine Constitutional Court abolishes 2004 political reform

The Ukrainian Constitutional Court has abolished the 2004 political reform.

Updated: Oct 01, 2010, 18:43 PM IST

Kiev: The Ukrainian Constitutional
Court has abolished the 2004 political reform that restricted
the presidential powers, bringing back the 1996 Constitution.

The Constitutional Court recognized unconstitutional the
December 8, 2004 law 2222-4 on amendments in the Ukrainian
Constitution, because the procedure of law debates and
approval was violated.

Following this decision, the December 8, 2004 law on
amendments in the Constitution is ruled invalid since the day
the Constitutional Court has made this ruling.

The Constitutional Court shouldered responsibility on the
state authorities for the immediate fulfillment of this
verdict in order to bring standard legal acts in compliance
with the June 28, 1996 Constitution in the reading before the
enactment of the December 8 law on amendments in the Ukrainian
Constitution.

The Constitutional Court verdict is compulsory for
enactment in Ukraine is final and cannot be appealed.

Ukraine turns from the parliamentary-presidential rule to
the presidential-parliamentary rule.

On December 8, 2004, the parliament approved the law,
which envisages Ukraine`s transition from the
presidential-parliamentary rule to the parliamentary-
presidential rule, the forming of the government by the
parliamentary coalition and the extended term for the
Verkhovna Rada from four to five years.

These amendments entered into force in 2006.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich stated recently
that he is ready to recognize any verdict passed by the
Constitutional Court.

The current Ukrainian Constitution was approved on June
28, 1996.

PTI