11:37 26.06.2014

Ukrainian president proposes to appoint representatives to regions

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has proposed to appoint presidential representatives to constituent territories for the coordination of the activity of territorial branches of the central executive authorities.

"Representatives of the Ukrainian president shall operate in regions and districts. Presidential representatives to regions shall coordinate the activity of presidential representatives to districts," says a draft constitutional amendment seen by Interfax-Ukraine.

Specifics of the organizational structure and activity of presidential representatives will be laid down by a law.

The draft law says presidential representatives will supervise the enforcement of the Ukrainian constitution and laws and the observation of human rights and freedoms on the relevant territory. They will also guide and organize the activity of territorial bodies of the central executive authorities and local self-government bodies in the emergency situation or martial law regime.

The Ukrainian president said on Wednesday the draft constitutional amendment would be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday, June 26. "The draft constitution will be registered at the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada already tomorrow and filed with the Venice Commission for appraisal," the president told members of local self-government and state authorities in Kyiv on Wednesday.

Poroshenko also said that his representative to the parliament, Ruslan Kniazevych, and first deputy head of the presidential administration, Hennadiy Zubko, would stop accepting proposals regarding the presidential draft amending the constitution at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The president said he expected the Verkhovna Rada to pass the amendment next week.

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