Poroshenko: Constitutional amendments approved by society, now decision should be made by parliament
A presidential bill on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine does not extend the powers of the head of state, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
"The proposed draft of the constitution does not extend the powers of the president, the parliament and the government, but quite the contrary, it extends the powers of Ukrainian society, which has demonstrated its political maturity and responsibility," the presidential press service quoted him as saying at a meeting with the leaders of parliamentary factions on Wednesday evening.
According to Poroshenko, decentralization of power is a key point in the peace plan for the settlement of the situation in the Donbas.
He said that he had tabled in parliament a draft of constitutional amendments for comprehensive local government reform, and, in his opinion, the draft had received support in the society.
"The head of state noted that during the election campaign, he traveled with the draft of constitutional amendments through all regions of Ukraine and promised to citizens to transfer more powers to society," the press service reported.
Poroshenko also said that instead of the heads of regional and district state administrations the functions of control would be performed by the president's representatives, "who will be given the main goal - to preserve the country, its unity, integrity."
"And I expect the government and the parliamentary majority to support the draft Constitution, which was approved by millions of people during our meetings on dozens of squares in all regions," he said.
Poroshenko also noted that such reform would help reduce bureaucracy and thus help fight corruption.