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Verbatim of Zelensky's meeting with heads of Parliament and parliament factions released

Source : 112 Ukraine

It was made public due to 'multiple requests'; the very meeting took place May 21
21:40, 30 May 2019

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine
Presidential Administration press office

The verbatim of the meeting of President Volodymyr Zelensky and heads of the Parliament and the parliamentary factions was released. The very meeting took place in Kyiv May 21. 

The press office of the President stated that the verbatim was made public 'due to multiple requests'.

The meeting was actually the consultation between the President and the Parliament's leaders; it was an obligatory step, which comes before the dissolution of the Parliament. Later, Speaker Andriy Parubiy said the factions could not come to terms regarding the new edition of the electoral law.

He also stated he would officially demand the release of the verbatim of the talks, because 'these were not the particular moments that were discussed'.

Related: Constitution Court to consider case on legitimacy of Zelensky's order to disband Parliament

The election campaign of the snap elections to the Verkhovna Rada has started on May 24. According to the Ukrainian legislation, the electoral process of snap elections begins on the next day after the President’s decree on early termination of the mandate of Verkhovna Rada and appointment of the new elections is published. Therefore, the electoral process starts on May 24, without Central Commission making any decisions. The representatives of the Commission noted that the body acts are based on the Constitution and law of Ukraine, which read that the Commission has no competence to decide whether President’s decrees are constitutional or unconstitutional. The body also has no right to appeal to the Constitutional Court.

May 22, Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy said he considered the president's decree illegitimate and unconstitutional; he even threatened to sue Zelensky.

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