10:39 24.07.2014

Turchynov dissolves Ukrainian Communist Party faction in parliament

Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov has announced the dissolution of the Ukrainian Communist Party faction in the Verkhovna Rada.

It was reported earlier that several members had left the Communist Party's parliamentary faction over the past month, reducing its composition compared to what it was while it was formed at the first session of the current parliament.

The Verkhovna Rada passed legislation on July 22 entitling its chairman with the power to dissolve a faction that has lost some of its members compared to the number it had while it was formed during the first parliamentary session. The bill was supported by 232 parliamentarians. Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov vowed to forward the bill to the president for signature later in the day, "so that he should sign it immediately, and after that I will announce the dissolution of the Ukrainian Communist Party faction."

Some parliamentarians have also proposed an amendment to the rules of procedure entitling the speaker to dissolve a parliamentary faction or group if the number of its members becomes lower than that of the smallest faction formed during the first parliamentary session. In this case, the speaker would have the right to dissolve such a faction within 15 days.

Late on July 22, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the amendments to the Verkhovna Rada's rules of procedure adopted on June 22, according to which a parliamentary faction may be dissolved. The amendments were published and came into effect on July 24.

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