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Medvedchuk: Amendments to Constitution introduced by Zelensky not related to Minsk agreements

Source : 112 Ukraine

Viktor Medvedchuk added that, in his opinion, this has nothing to do with decentralization
19:00, 16 December 2019

Viktor Medvedchuk
112 Agency

The amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine introduced by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky are not related to the Minsk agreements. The Сhairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party and MP Viktor Medvedchuk said this, answering journalists' questions after the conference of the Opposition Platform - For Life party in Kyiv.

“Today, we really raised this issue at the conference. We talked about the fact that the amendments to the Constitution under the code name decentralization, in my opinion and to my full conviction, have nothing to do with decentralization in the country. Moreover, these changes, as was repeatedly written and said by representatives of the authorities and Zelensky’s team on the eve of their introduction, when it was argued that this would be one of the mechanisms for implementing the Minsk agreements, it should also be noted, unfortunately, that they are not related to regulation of issues related and posed by the Minsk agreements, as they do not meet the norms, clauses 9, 11 of the Minsk agreements, which deal with decentralization regarding the introduction on an ongoing basis of a special status in the conditions of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. In this case, this bill and these amendments to the Constitution proposed by the president as aimed at approving and further developing the vertical of power of the president, introducing the institution of prefects that will t have the supervisory and control functions. That is, the mechanisms and institutions of how it is possible to concentrate and subordinate power on the ground and generally local government to the central government, that is, to the president of the country," he said.

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Medvedchuk added that, in his opinion, this has nothing to do with decentralization.

“I would call these processes centralization. That is, what does not fall under the norms of the Constitution, because, according to Article 7 of the Constitution, guarantees of self-government and the development of self-government are guaranteed in Ukraine. In this case, these changes to the Constitution will work as not meeting the requirements Article 7 and the interests of the development of self-government. There are a lot of short stories: these are changes in the names of districts in the county, new units of administrative-territorial administration are introduced, but most importantly, local authorities and bodies departments as a whole become controlled and supervised by representatives appointed by the president on the proposal of the Cabinet of Ministers. This is something that could adversely affect the development of the institution of self-government. It’s impossible to put up with it. Our faction will not support such changes in parliament," - the MP said.

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