17:06 21.02.2014

Ukrainian parliament reinstates 2004 Constitution

The Ukrainian parliament has passed a law on the return to the Constitution of 2004.

A total of 386 MPs voted for the relevant law on Friday, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reports.

The document was passed under simplified procedure without any decision of the relevant committee and was passed in the first and the second reading in one voting.

It was supported by 140 MPs of the Regions Party, 89 MPs of the Batkivschyna Party, 40 MPs of the UDAR Party, 32 of the Communist Party, and 50 independent lawmakers.

The 2004 Constitution, which was in effect until 2010, limits the presidential powers and broadens those of the parliament and government.

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