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    January 25, 2016

    Yatsenyuk Calls for Referendum on the Constitution

    Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
    25th January, 2016

    Only the people have the right to determine what the basic laws will be, the Prime Minister said.

    Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk is in favour of a referendum on the Constitution. He stated this during the program "10 minutes with the Prime Minister".

    According to him, it is only the people who can decide what will be the main laws of the country.

    "It's time that the Ukrainian people decided what should be the new Ukrainian Constitution in the European Ukraine. No one but the people of Ukraine have the right to determine what will be the basic laws", - said the Prime Minister.

    He noted that the referendum on the Constitution will be "direct democracy in a free and democratic country". On 20th January the people's deputies decided to slow down the process of adoption of the amendments to the Constitution.

    The second Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma stated that Ukraine failed to agree on changes to the Constitution as there was no "pocket" Parliament making decision on orders from above.

    A member of the subgroup of the Trilateral contact group, Iryna Gerashchenko, said that the second reading of constitutional changes can occur only against the background of progress on the implementation of the security and humanitarian points of the Minsk agreements.
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