Rada may find majority to vote for decentralization without Donbas special status– parliament speaker
Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy says consensus and a majority of votes could be secured in the Verkhovna Rada session hall for decentralization-related amendments to Ukraine's Constitution if the provisions concerning special self-government in certain areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions have been withdrawn.
"When the [session] hall is united, there is no problem to vote one more time, perhaps, without one clause, and send it to the Constitution Court and pass it at the next session," he said at a press conference in Kyiv on Monday.
"If we in the hall find political consensus, we'll be able to quickly go through all procedures…As for the Constitutional amendments concerning decentralization: if there is the political will, we'll find all the necessary judicial solutions to incorporate the decentralization changes, which were elaborated by experts, into the Constitution," he said.
In his words, decentralization of power in Ukraine will take place irrespective of the amendments to the Fundamental Law – at the level of the Tax Code and the budget. Yet, Parubiy says, the Constitutional amendments would make the process smoother.
Answering a question whether the decentralization is no longer on the parliament's agenda due to the closure of the recent parliament session, which does not allow lawmakers to pass it within the deadline determined by the Constitution Court, he said that lawyers held different opinions on this issue.
"Some lawyers say that we cannot proceed [with the consideration of the decentralization amendments], others say we can pass an act to extend consideration of this bill for another session," he added.