KIEV, 27 Jun – RIA Novosti. The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky in may may submit to the Parliament a bill on decentralization of power in the country, this procedure was planned at the end of March, but was postponed because of the pandemic of coronavirus, said on Monday the first Deputy head of the Pro-presidential faction “servant of the people” Alexander Kornienko.
Earlier Zelensky has decided to withdraw the proposed draft amendments to the Constitution on decentralization of power and send it back for revision. Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmitry Razumkov stated that there will be a new draft law on decentralization with the involvement of various sectors of society and the expert community.
“At the end of March, the President had to make this project in Parliament so he has the procedure in the constitutional court of Ukraine. And at the end of the first session, we could give 226 votes, and at the beginning of the fourth session — 300 elections to be held on a new constitutional basis. But was prevented by the quarantine. However, the work continues and we are preparing the final version of the draft amendments to the Constitution, which the President may submit to Parliament in may,” said Kornienko in interview to the edition “Mirror of week”, published on Monday.
Earlier, the Ukrainian President has registered in Parliament a draft law “On amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (regarding the decentralization of power)”. The document proposes to change the administrative-territorial structure of the country and to introduce the institution of the prefect. While the text does not mention a special status for uncontrolled Kiev territories of Donbass, which Kiev should provide the region under the Minsk agreements. A number of opposition factions has criticized the bill, noting that the proposed changes, on the contrary, they concentrate power in the hands of the President. Zelensky brought on as a substitute in Parliament a bill on decentralization. Later, the document was criticized by the embassies of Canada, Germany and Sweden.
the world health organization on 11 March announced the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest who data, there have been recorded more than 2.8 million cases of infection, more than 193 thousand people died.