Ukrainian MPs challenge constitutional amendments

53 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, have submitted a request for judicial review with regard to the recent constitutional amendments to the constitutional court.

The amendments passed by parliament on February 2, 2011, concern the dates of parliamentary and presidential elections. After the Ukrainian constitutional court declared the 2004/2005 amendments of the constitution unconstitutional, it is not clear whether this necessitates early parliamentary elections as several politics of the opposition and legal experts argue. According to the amendments, the next general elections will be held on the last Sunday of October 2012 and the next presidential elections on the last Sunday of March 2015.

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